Now that school is back in session, the weather is cooling off and fall is right around the corner. Aside from missing the big girls while they are at school all. day. long., this is my favorite time of year. This is when I feel energized to get outside and enjoy nature. So today here are some great ways to do just that!
The Golden Gleam shares 5 Ways Outdoor Play Develops Positive Behavior. She says, “During outdoor play, I notice my children practicing positive behavioral habits that will help them succeed in school.” They are problem solving, sitting still, taking turns, paying attention and working as a team. She has lovely pictures and explanations of how these habits are developed.
Get Outside with These Activities
Keep Moving Forward With Me shares 6 tips for successfully hiking with young kids. I love her reminder that practice makes perfect so don’t give up if it’s hard! And don’t forget snacks 🙂 Check out all her tips.
The Get Fit Diva shares her Adventures in Hiking with her two boys. She also gives some great benefits of hiking for children, including better bone health.
When we first moved to Tennessee we explored the Tri-State Peak and Pinnacle Overlook that start in Cumberland Gap National Park. National, state and even city parks are a great place to explore nature with your little ones. We had fun seeing an Iron Furnace and a cannon from the Civil War.
On Adventure Mom, Mary and her family had Lunch With Rock Stars on a hike in Southern Utah. They found petroglyphs and enjoyed a picnic lunch during their hike. She also shares tips for hiking with children and directions to this hike if you are ever in the St. George, UT area.
Brie Brie Blooms brings us a Nature Walk and Collage, Science Kid’s Craft. I love nature walks. We do them often but I love how she carried the activity into a science craft. Exploring textures, colors, and the stuff nature is made of combines fun and learning.
Tips from a Typical Mom went on a Toddler/Preschool Color Treasure Hunt. Pick a color and then find things in that color on your walk. She shares a collage template in Photoshop that you can use to print and display your treasures.
Seedlings Nursery School shared their Mud Day! Sometimes you just have to sit back and let kids squish in the mud. She has a mud kitchen so it gave purpose to the children’s experience with the mud. And she said clean up wasn’t as awful as she anticipated. Win!
Fun Toddler Activities found a way to have a Fizzy Puddle without vinegar. This way you can use puddles or outside water in exploring this chemical reaction. Just grab some Kool-Aid or citric acid to mix with your soda. She also has great tips for getting a good reaction and bright colors.
Nature for Kids helped her little ones create a Nature Box. They use the nature box to store their collections rocks, sticks, leaves, and other outdoorsy findings. This one is also part craft because you get to decorate your nature box! She also shared how she learned about nature boxes and what others have done here.
Reading Confetti shared 12 activities for using chalk outside in the Kid’s Co-Op. Some ideas include drawing on wet ground and making chalk shadows. She also includes activities that can be adapted to chalk.
Mummy Musings and Mayhem created an Imagination Circle in the backyard for her girls. This is a great area of all natural materials where kids can use their imagination to make the space what they want it to be. Which could be something different each time they play there. This is such a creative play space with an inspiring name.
The Old School Gardener offers 7 Tips for Successful Garden Play for little ones. He encourages us to make children’s play spaces a multi-sensory experience: sounds, smells, and tastes are part of how you can accomplish that. We have a pot of mint that Scott loves to pick and munch on when he’s outside.
Nature Crafts for Kids
Krokotak shares how they made fall stars from chestnut leaf stems. What a brilliant idea to use the dried stems of leaves. And the photography is amazing. Definitely worth scrolling through all the pictures.
Red Ted Art shares a round up of pine cone crafts. These are all adorable and seem to use common craft supplies so you could get started right away!
Tutus and Tea Parties shared a craft perfect for toddlers and budding preschoolers. They painted patterns on sticks. Great development of fine motor skills as well as cognitive math skills. I love getting the most bang for your buck out of crafts!
Creative Play Central and her children were creating with flowers, twigs and leaves. I love their garden creations. And they can be recrafted each season. She also has beautiful photography.
Music about Nature
We still love Farmer Jason’s album Nature Jams. It’s a great collection of collaborations with other musicians all about celebrating nature. It’s a great way to bring nature back inside with you.
What are you doing to enjoy nature with your little one?