Now that the summer holidays are underway, you’re probably thinking of ways to keep your little ones occupied. Rather than spending time with technology, here are some ways to get your children connected with the great outdoors. They’re simple, will
Make a bee bath – The number of bees are falling at a rapid rate, which is alarming considering they are vital to the ecosystem’s survival. Teach your kids about the importance of bees and make them a bee bath so they can drink water. Since they are awkward crash landers and are susceptible to drowning in large bodies of water, make a safe, shallow watering hole where they won’t drown or be eaten by fish.
Build a fish viewer – Remove both ends of a plastic tube and stretch clear plastic wrap on one end, securing in place with duct tape or elastic bands. Go to your nearest lake or pond and place the plastic covered end in under the surface of the water. Your child can peep through the open end for a clear view of fascinating underwater fish.
Make art from nature – Go on a walk and collect wildflowers or leaves. With this, make some art by either crushing flower petals with a little water for organic paint, pressing fresh flowers between sheets of paper and leaving them to dry for a few weeks, making sponge leaf prints, etc.
Observe the night sky – We can barely see the stars thanks to the brightly lit city lights. Take a trip to the outskirts and admire the bright stars in the sky with your little ones. You can even teach them about constellations, different phases of the moon and the Milky Way.
Build a fort or tee-pee – Children love building a space of their own. Using long sticks and sheets, make a tee-pee tent. Get creative and use feathers, brooms, etc. Your child’s imagination will start running wild once he begins playing in his tent.
Watch the clouds – Set out on a picnic with your child or simply have breakfast or tea in the garden and watch the clouds go by. Your child can pick out shapes and will get creative ideas about what all those fluffy marshmallows look like.
Plant a garden – Children are natural gardeners and they also love playing in the mud. Gardening is a great way to teach your children about life, pollination, the insect kingdom in the garden and different kinds of fruits and veggies. Kids can take on a little responsibility too, and regularly water a new sapling you plant together.
Go to the beach – Let your children splash among the waves, collect shells and marvel at baby crabs on the seashore. The beach is full of new experiences that every child loves! If you can’t go to the beach, create a sandpit in your garden for your children to dig and build sandcastles in.
Go bird watching – Get your children a pair of binoculars and head off on a bird-watching expedition. They will love listening to the different calls and twitters that birds make. You can help them spot birds among the trees, name them and collect feathers. You can even build a bird bath in your garden and watch the birds come to you, instead.
Go on a camping trip – A trek in the woods has ample opportunities to connect with nature. From collecting pine cones and acorns to lunching by little streams and lighting a campfire, you can bet this is one memory your children will remember for a long time.
Children need time outside to build their immunity, grow stronger and be creative. Hope these ideas help create lasting memories.