Pretty soon spring will be upon us and the kids are eager to be outdoors. No matter if you live in the city, the suburbs or are living the rural life, REPCO has some ideas for your family.
While visiting parks and forests are great, you can also do this project in your own backyard, or even outdoors of your apartment complex. See how many different species you can find in your grass, on trees, or even on the outside walls of your home. Note the different birds, spiders, beetles, ladybugs, caterpillars, snakes, etc. that may be living in your own backyard. For small bugs, using a magnifying glass is a good way to observe these little guys. Birds and turtles can be seen better with binoculars. If you enjoy building, make a bird house or bat house. If you enjoy gardening, let your kids plant a small herb, vegetable, or flower garden. City dwellers can do this too! You can plant flowers, herbs, strawberries, and tomatoes in pots and other containers on your balcony or patio. Like butterflies? Plant flowers that will attract them. Hang bird feeders around your home to watch hummingbirds, chickadees, and finches.
Just being outdoors is beneficial. Some things you can do outdoors is coloring, painting, reading, and crafts. You can also build a fort, go swimming, hiking, kayaking, fly kites. Remote control cars, boats, and planes are fun to do outdoors, too. If travel is up your alley, visit a petting zoo or a pick-your-own farm. Seeing where our food comes from is a great lesson for kids. Other great nature related travel trips include fossil hunting, visiting a park with different rocks and minerals and even historic battlefields. All these ideas incorporate letting children be outside, get exercise, and use their brains! As our society gets more disconnected from nature, be a great parental role model and get on that bicycle or swing with your child. Your children will love it and you will create long lasting memories.
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