After reading Last Child in the Woods, I was really inspired to fit more outdoor time into my daughters life, as well as my own. Here's my first in the series -until I get bored with it - Kids Outside! Did you know most adults cannot name 10 native plants? I doubt I could have before I met DHITW. My daughter can't count to 20 without skipping the number 15 but she must know the names of dozens upon dozens of plants. She can identify everything in our garden and knows if its edible. This isn't something we sat down to teach her, but between my husband and my mother-in-law, I think it comes to her through osmosis.
Some people feel out of sorts in nature. They didn't grow up in it, or it is somehow scary or boring. Kids Outside! is here to help. Since this is the first in the series, I'll give you two hot tips to try on for size. * Not just for kids.
Build or Paint a Birdhouse.
We bought a prefab bird house on sale at Target but immediately after purchase I thought how much DKITW would have loved to help build her own. Kids equally enjoy making bird feeders with peanut butter on pine cones or even filling up the bird feeders at their grandparents house. The cool thing about doing an activity like this is that your child will become more aware of birdhouses or feeders out in the neighborhood (and beyond) as well as the kind of birds who utilize them.
DKITW Bug Adventurer Kit: Ski cap, bunny backpack, paper, crayons and a magnifying glass.
Investigate things outside and draw a picture of what you have seen.