Nursery rhymes, well said, effortlessly give children the structure of the English language.
Parents—consider this an invitation for your child to connect with nature in their own back yard this summer. Happy exploring! N.E.
- Go exploring in your own back yard. Can you find some bugs under rocks or some ants at work?
- Choose a tree to explore. Feel the bark and the leaves. Learn the name of the tree or give it your own special name, “Big Grandpa Tree?” Each tree has a different personality.
- Make “mud stew” and other backyard goodies. Get a big pan and some water and gather interesting green things to stir into your stew.
- Sleep out under the stars with your parents or an older friend.
- Listen and watch for birds. Get to know several new birds this summer. Can you find some bird nests?
- Collect new and interesting rocks. Sort and play with them.
- Spend some time each day lying on the grass watching the clouds. What do they look like today? Do you think it might rain? Learn to read the sky.
- Plant a little garden in a big old pot or bucket. What seeds do you want to buy?
- Create a leaf collection. How many different leaves can you find?
- Look for animal footprints or holes. What animals do you think might live in your yard?
- In the evening after a good rain, go outside and look for the worms that have come up out of the ground.
- Set up a tent in your back yard and imagine you’re up on the mountain. Eat outside at your campsite.
- Ask your parents to tell you about the games they used to play outside. Let them teach you a new game.
- Draw pictures and write about your summer back yard adventures.