Our Kids

011Encouraging Our Kids to Love the Outdoors

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! 



Must Read Books                                                          004

The Lorax by Dr Seuss

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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