The weather is finally starting to break and Spring is in the air! Children love playing outside, and the Spring time is full of hands on learning experiences that will support your child’s social/emotional development, physical development, cognitive development and critical thinking skills.
While exploring the great outdoors, children can incorporate theories and concepts they learned at school in a hands-on way. For example, seeing and touching the roots of a tree will bring to life the lesson their teacher taught about how plants get their nutrients.
Outdoor play has no instruction manual; children are able to use their imagination and creativity to make new discoveries, solve problems, make connections with prior learning experiences and demonstrate curiosity and motivation.
The outdoors also provides children with the opportunity to build large and small muscle development, balance and coordination while they run through the grass, dig for bugs in the mud and climb and jump off objects.
Outdoor Exploration Activities
Nature Hunt: Grab your bug catcher and magnifying glass and go on a nature hunt with your child. Your child will develop empathy, the ability to consider other people’s feeling, by interacting with creatures in nature. Watching a tiny bug, a blue bird or a squirrel scurrying up a tree gives children the ability to learn from their environment.
Plant a Garden: Plant a garden together with your child. Your child will learn how to care for plants and make observations as the flowers grow from seed to plant.
Swing in a Hammock: Snuggle close to your child, and sway the afternoon away. Look for pictures in the clouds and watch them change, or read books to each other.
Build a Secret Fort: Drape old sheets over lower tree limbs and clotheslines. Eat dinner there. Stay up chasing fireflies and listening to “night sounds.”
Hold a Car Wash: Park your car in the driveway and let your child give it a good scrub with a pot of water and sponge or with the garden hose. Get the whole family involved for added fun!
Go on a Bug Safari: Dig for worms, scout for lizards, and hunt for frogs and tadpoles. Marvel at an ant carrying an oversized crumb.
Chalk it Up: Everyone loves sidewalk chalk. Use glow-in-the-dark chalk so you and your child can glimpse your artwork from the window at bedtime.
Dance in the Rain: Surprise your kids by taking them outside during a gentle summer shower. Dance around in swimsuits, catch raindrops in your mouth, and jump in all the puddles.
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