• Kristie Smith, M.Ed

Nature's Treasures

I was just watching the news and how important it is for children to be outside (with precautions and while keeping social distancing in mind).

The following are activities that could be hours of fun when the weather permits us to go out.

1. Gather sticks of all sizes and measure them. Line the sticks up from shortest to tallest.

2. Create a stick house using the sticks. Use masking tape to hold the sticks together. Gather small rocks and create a stone fence around your stick house. Make stick people who will live inside the house. Use small pompoms from the craft stores or use markers to give your stick people character.

3. I use to love making mud pies. Use aluminum pie pans or a muffin pan to create beautiful mud pies or muffins.

4. Create a race car track for toy cars outside. Make dirt hills and create dirt roads for your cars to travel.

5. Go on a nature walk with a plastic baggy or sack and collect souvenirs. Examples of souvenirs could be: rocks, acorns, leaves, sticks, tree bark, etc. Once home, make a learning experience book by allowing your child to glue the objects onto paper and write about their nature walk.

6. Have a tea party or a picnic with favorite books. Spread out a blanket, select from a basket of books to read or picture walk. Enjoy a fun and free adventure!

7. Sidewalk chalk- I have seen several kids on facebook creating all types of artistic designs using colored chalk. Have your child create pictures of their favorite book characters.

8. Read the story, It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Green Shaw. Now, go out and look at the clouds and create pictures using your imagination. Once back inside, pour paint, or sparkled glue on paper and see what image you see. Create a picture and a story to go along with your artwork.

9. A Day at the Beach- Take the beach towels outside, put salt water into a bowl, so your child can taste your make-shift ocean. Listen to the sound of the waves from your iPhone. If you have sand available, create a sandcastle and if you do not, illustrate one.

10. Talk to a Tree- My college professor once had us go outside and do "tree" dialogue. I always asked my students to do the same and we had so much fun. We would write it like a play. For example:

Tree: What are you staring at Ms. Smith?

Me: I was looking at your beautiful leaves.

After your dialogue, Read the amazing book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

It is my wish these ideas help during the next few weeks. Below, is a picture of my hope~



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