Earth Day is on April 22nd, so what better time to get outdoors? Earth Day activities don’t need to be complicated. In fact, sometimes it is the simplest of activities that can be the most meaningful to little ones. Going on a nature walk is simple, full of fun and learning, and a great way to spend time outdoors as a family. And we have got LOTS of nature walk ideas for kids.
Sometimes we plan a specific activity for a nature walk, but more often then not, we simply go for a walk and activities and learning find us! When we do plan activities, we keep them simple and open-ended. The best tip I have for nature walking with kids is to allow lots of time. Lots of time to explore and discover.
Nature Walk Ideas for Kids
1. Leaf Sewing. This fun nature walk idea is very versatile. Perhaps you could use this idea to pick up garbage on an Earth Day nature walk?!
2. A Playdough Nature Walk. Bring some playdough along for some added learning about imprints and textures.
3. Exploring the 5 Senses. This was a fun nature walk series where we explored nature walk ideas for kids using all 5 of the senses! We even did some tasting – that was a great experience for everyone!
4. Develop Language. There are so many opportunities for language development when outside on a nature walk. Here is one of our most popular posts – 5 ways to Naturally Language Development Activities for Toddlers.
5. Winter Nature Walk. Still have snow? So do we … but there is still lots of fun to be had on a winter nature walk! Here is a whole post on winter nature walk ideas for kids.
6. Learn about Moss (or anything!). A neat nature walk idea for kids is to focus on one single thing. It is interesting to look at something in such detail!
7. ‘Just’ a Nature Walk. As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, most often we go out and simply explore and discover without a plan. I kept track of one of these walks – you are most welcome to read what we did!
So this Earth Day, in the spirit of keeping things simple and meaningful for my little ones, we will be outside. Exploring, discovering, and appreciating our natural world. After all, children must gain an understanding and appreciation for the environment if they are ever going to fight to protect it.
Looking for other Earth Day activities? Here are some ideas from some of my blogging buddies:
Ann at My Nearest and Dearest: Picking up Litter for Earth Day
Linda at Rain or Shine Mama: Recycling for Kids
Kimberly at Natural Beach Living: Earth Day Activities for Everyone
Melissa at Fireflies and Mudpies: Backyard Chores
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Keep those Wee Ones Learning!