With schools, the museum, and many other places temporarily closed, one thing remains open and available to all – nature! As Rachel Carson noted in The Sense of Wonder, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth finds reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” To keep our connection with nature alive (and kids from getting bored!), we’ve rounded up blog posts from Nature Lab that you can do right at home, in your backyard, or at a local park. These activities are appropriate for all ages, but we’ve noted an ideal age group for each activity to help guide you.
First up, make your own Nature Notebook with materials you already have in your house, then head outdoors and start exploring!
While you’re exploring, follow these photography guidelines to capture what you see and document your discoveries.
You might want to grab a compass to help you navigate!
Finding lots of cool stuff? You can search for mushrooms and spiderwebs in just about any place.
Do you love Dippy as much as we do? You can make your own Dippy from things you find in nature!
And speaking of Dippy, when you head back inside you can make a special placemat for Dippy and invite him as your dinner guest.
Attract birds to your backyard with an easy-to-make pinecone bird feeder. Draw the birds you see in your Nature Notebook!
Last but not least, if you are stuck inside on a rainy day, you can make your very own cloud with some simple items you have around the house.
We hope you enjoy these fun activities and keep your connection to nature strong! Be sure to check back for more fun ways to discover the world around us in Nature Lab.