Hi and welcome to the 5 day nature challenge!
Here’s what you need to know:
- Challenge: Get outside for 30 minutes each day
- Duration: 5 days (Monday through Friday)
- Join the Facebook Group: Nature Challenge
- Post: a picture of your outdoor adventure everyday.
A nature activity is listed below for each day. You can make it as simple as you like, or turn it into a educational experience. Adapt it to fit your family and schedule!
This challenge is simple, short, and doable for all of us! Enjoy!
We’re starting with a low-stakes, easy activity today – a nature walk. This could be a hike or a simple walk around your neighborhood. The goal is to walk and observe nature with your kids for at least half an hour.
Ask your kids about the different plants or colors that you see. Ask them to describe the sounds that they hear. See if they can locate the bird that’s singing. Make it simple and light. If they don’t want to talk, that’s fine too! Our goal is to have fun, get a little exercise, and breath in some fresh air!
If you prefer to make your nature outings a little more educational, click here for a little more information. Or you can download the Nature Study Workbook if you’d like a thorough list of questions to discuss while on your walk.
Today’s activity is a nature study. For those of you who have never done a nature study, don’t worry, it will be easy and fun. I promise!
The key to this activity is comfort. Find a cozy blanket to sit on, grab some snacks, and walk out your door. Find a natural object that’s close to your house and easy for your child to observe. Plants are easiest since they don’t move, but let your child choose.
Your goal for nature study is to discover something new about the natural world and you can do this by answering 3 simple prompts: 1) I see, 2) This reminds me of, and 3) I wonder. You can go through these prompts verbally with your child or you can take a notebook outside with you and journal your observations. If you would like a little more direction, click here to download my Nature Study Workbook. It has a worksheet to fill out, instructions for the activity, and guiding questions to help you observe nature.
There is a good chance you’re child will be done with their nature study before the 30 minute time period is up. Take this extra time to enjoy unstructured play outdoors with your kids!
Today, we’re going to have a scavenger hunt! And not just any scavenger hunt, but I want you and your kids to look for state nature symbols like your state tree, flower, bird, etc.