Nature walks with kids are a great time to experience unplanned learning opportunities. While there’s no need to map out a course of lessons for your trek through the woods, bringing along some key exploration tools like guides and magnifying glasses will make the learning experience even more exciting. If you’re headed out on the trail soon, make sure you look for the following three things on your journey.
- Look Up!
Not only are clouds wonderful to study while on a nature walk in a field, they’re a great way to bring up discussions of weather, recognizing approaching storms, and more. While you’re looking up, check out the birds that are flying in the sky, as well. A bird watching reference guide that’s small enough to tuck in your pocket or backpack is a must-have! Keep your eye on the sky when you’re sitting down to take a break.
- What was here?
Encourage little hikers to keep an eye out for animal tracks in the dirt and mud as you go on your exploration. From paw prints to the slithering trail of a snake, there’s plenty of opportunity to discover the local wildlife. A pocket animal tracks reference guide is great for the walk if you have one!
- Leaves of Three, Let Them Be!
Plant identification is a must on any nature walk. Teach children about avoiding poisonous plants and berries that they can’t identify. To make identification easier, grab a small plant reference guide to bring with you. It will encourage kids to seek out new plants and identify the things they see along the trail.
With your pocket guides for birds, plants, and animals, your nature walk with kids will quickly turn into a time of exploration fun. Don’t forget to be safe while walking and always wear the appropriate attire – including sturdy boots! Have fun exploring!