Grab your camera and off we go!
A new season is starting to sneak up on us… at least down here in the South.
Teaching our children to become observers is a vital lesson in life. We’re going on a walk around our neighborhood to see if we can spot signs of Spring. Do you see it yet in your neighborhood?
Grass is turning green
Bushes are sprouting new leaves
Trees are blooming
Bushes are blooming
Tree are growing tiny leaves
Roses are growing red leaves
Seeds are starting to sprout in the garden.
Bird are making nest in the trees
Baby duckling have even arrived at the Duck Pond.
Take your child on a nature walk and see what they can discover with their own observation skills. Find a way to document this change with them over a time period. Using a kid friendly camera from their view is fun.
We used this Hunt for Spring Checklist to write down what we saw. Here are some of our favorites from our walks this week afterschool.
This is what we saw on our walk to my sister in law’s house… a Peach Tree
This is what we saw on our walk by the pond…ducklings
This is what we found in the back yard…a Strawberry Blossom
We even followed Amanda’s post about planting Potatoes, my daughter’s class planted them too at school.; It will be fun to compare.
Create a Spring Journal
Later in the week we would come home and write in a Spring Journal what we observed. Observation is a great skill to use. When creating your own Plant Journal, have them illustrate it first , it will be fresh on their mind and in the camera for reference. Then they can write about what they saw. Encourage them to include details. Go out a few days later and observe with them if things have changed.
More Journal Ideas:
Make a spring collage out of pictures from magazines or real objects
Glue the discoveries you find onto a page and then attach the words.
Younger children doing this activity can cut out and add spring words to their pictures.
Practice finding the beginning sounds of spring objects they draw.
Not quite ready to see outdoors changing yet?
Start an indoor garden! Don’t forget Your Plant Journal!
Additional Resources for Spring
- Julie from Just Playing Around has a Great Idea for Observing Spring with her children.
- Spring Treasure Box from Little Wonder Days
- Sharing Birds with your Child
- First Day of Spring!
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