Nature Challenge: 5 Ideas for 5 Days of Fun
The time has finally come!
You and your kids have been itching to get outside and enjoy the warm spring weather.
But with school, work, and all the crazy that is everyday life, you’re stumped for ideas.
Even though we have good intentions for getting our kids outside and engaged with nature, sometimes we need a little help. A simple list of ideas can make our lives so much easier. There is no planning involved - we can walk out the door and enjoy a fun and natural activity together.
Below is a simple list of activities that you can do with your kids. If you’d like to join a community of like-minded parents who are interested in getting their kids outside but, like you, struggle to do so on a consistent basis, join the Facebook group “Nature Challenge.”
Eat Dinner Outside
One of the easiest ways to get outside more often as a family is to take something that you do every day and do it outside!
Stacking rocks may sound elementary, but trust me, it’s not. While simply stacking objects may seem like an easy activity can quickly become difficult as you attempt to compensate building strategies for shape and weight distribution. In fact, this simple activity is an excellent lesson in everyday physics!
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are always a hit with kids! They can be easily modified for all ages and interests. Click here to download two nature scavenger hunt worksheets – one for little kids and one for older children. The handouts pair nicely so the older and younger kids can do the hunt together while still focusing on age-appropriate content.
One of my favorite nature activities to do with my kids is a nature craft. Sometimes we collect nature items and come indoors to create something new. Click here for instructions. Other times, we make things directly outside, like weaving blades of grass together. No matter what you choose, you’ll have fun with this one!
Magnifying glasses are a great way for kids to explore nature. It encourages them to stop and focus a little more closely on the natural world around them. Who knows, you and your kids might discover something new by looking a little closer!