This list is meant as a spring-board for ideas that might work for you and your kids.
*Eat together whenever possible sitting near a window and discuss what you see outside. Place a bird bath and a bird feeder out there to watch.
*Take a walk through the woods, prairie, or nature center looking for something unusual or surprising. Look for animal tracks, flowers or birds while hiking.
*Draw pictures, write or keep lists of the things you observe.
* Plant or adopt a tree that you can observe. Name your tree and record how it changes during the seasons. Be sure to water. Sit under it and read or have a picnic with your tree.
*Research together for answers when you have questions.
*Chart a safe route to walk or bike to school or a friend’s house.
* Always dress correctly for the weather, sunshine and insects.
*Encourage participation in a life-long silent sport such as skating, skiing or biking.
*Listen for birds, and sounds of nature rather than I Pods or radios.
*Participate in litter pick-ups or just create your own.
* Assign your kids to be recycling captains.
* Learn to use binoculars.
* Plant seeds in a pot or garden.
* Being an interested role model is the best teacher.
* Create your own names for plants, trees, birds and animals.
* Visit an orchard or farm and pick your own produce.
* Laugh and have fun!
The Lorax by Dr Seuss
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein