Spring is a great time of year to get up and outside. Many have been couped up inside for the winter and are ready to get out. Usually by this time the kids are restless and the lure of the sun and warmer temperatures is great. Spring Nature Study is a great way to keep the kids learning and moving!
Spring Nature Explorations
1. Start by making a nature exploration kit.
Include things such as:
- Magnifying glass
- plain paper
- colored pencils
- pencil sharpener
- one and one small tin
- two little jars
- plastic bags (ziplock and larger)
- nature study books
2. Read, read, read.
Check out a stack of nature study books from the library. Books about bugs! Books about flowers and trees! Books about birds! Then take them outside with you. Head to a local park, walking trail or nature reserve – picnic lunch in hand – and do some reading.
Getting out into nature and observing all the plant and animal like around you will inspire your kids to want to learn more. You can curl up on a blanket in the grass and check out things you have seen outside in your books, or simply pick a book and dig in!
3. Explore, explore, explore.
Here are some ideas of things to check out in your spring nature study:
- pond life
- flying insects
- insects in the garden
- birds (robin, bluebird, ducks, sparrows, hummingbirds)
- flowers (lily, daffodil, tulip, sunflower, lilacs, rose)
- trees (apple, maple, weeping willow, pine, oak)
- animals (rabbit, squirrel, deer, chipmunk, beaver, fox)
4. Make a nature journal.
- Draw pictures of what you see on your nature explorations.
- Take pictures with a camera.
- Find images on the computer to print of things you have seen.
- Write your observations down.
- Include important facts you looked up and learned.