It was park madness today. A trip to the park after school with friends that included a picnic AND a walk to a different park in our neighborhood this afternoon.
The sun is shining for the first time in days so getting some sun and fresh air was much needed for my little ladies.
I have linked up to this post before but since it fit with all of our outside time today I wanted to share it again....and I loved her idea so much that I thought maybe I would add a few ideas!
So, first go check out Go Explore Nature: 15 Ways to Connect With Nature at the Park.
Now, let me share 5 ideas of my own!
- Build or sculpt with what's around. Could be sand, sticks, rocks, pince cones, leaves or anything else. Let your kiddos get creative and see what they can create.
- Make jewlery out of flowers or leaves. Everyone knows about daisy chains or dandelion necklaces, super easy to make and fun for kids of all ages. You can also make leaf crowns like these.
- Bug hunts! Even the most concrete and seperated from nature parks will always have bugs of some kind or another. Just start looking and talking about what you find.
- Listen. Sometimes if you just sit with your little one, encourage them to be quiet and ask them what they hear the discoveries can be amazing. If you do hear birds, frogs, bugs or other noises try to track them down or just sit and listen.
- Walk. Walking to a local neighborhood park is not only greener but it is great exercise for the whole family and can be a good chance to see all kinds of nature. Be sure to ask questions and point out plants, birds or animals along the way.
Just five more ideas but all fun ways to find nature at any park.
The Nitty Gritty!
Got a few links for you tonight! Some fun new sites I have been checking out lately.
Gardening 4 Kids - lots of great products, ideas, and information
Seeking Greener - lots of great information about having a greener life
The Grass Stain Guru - love their mystery critter posts