Nature activities and Spring go hand in hand. Spring feels like it’s here and I’m ready for it! (Unfortunately, it’s only February now, and since I’m in Iowa I am sure it is short lived and will be gone just as quick.)
I can’t wait for the flowers to pop up and the leaves to bud, so I’m prepping us with a week of nature activities when nature is ready where you are.
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How to plan weekly activities for your kids:
Just to give you a little background on how I plan a week of activities for my own kids:
I start with the gauging what my child is interested in (using the “My Child This Week” sheet of the free weekly planner). I fill one out for each of my kids and what they’re into at the moment. I use this as my guide to plan our activities accordingly.
Here’s where you can download the free activity planner.
With each of my kids’ interests, I brainstorm 7 activities to do that week. I jot them down on the simple ‘Activities To Do This Week’ planner. As for this week of activities to learn a letter, it could be any of our letter learning activities. But for this one in particular, I wanted the ability to be able to focus in on one letter.
And of course, like always, I include a day of family time. I think the kids will especially love this family activity!
Here’s a week of activities for kids to get out in nature!
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Monday: Nature Scavenger Hunt
Hunt for nature. Use colors and shapes as clues.
- basket or bucket (optional)
Find details: Nature Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday: Nature Suncatcher
Make a nature suncatcher. Cut the centers out of paper plates. Cover with clear contact paper. Fill with found objects from nature.
- paper plates
- clear contact paper
- objects from nature
Find details: Nature Collage Suncatcher Craft
Wednesday: Counting Flower Petals
Go on a hunt around your yard to find a variety of different flowers. Take a moment to observe them to see how they are similar or different. Then count the flower petals on each one.
Find details: Counting Flower Petals
Thursday: What Absorbs Water?
Collect various objects of nature in a muffin tin. Pour water into each section to see what absorbs water and what doesn’t.
- muffin pan
Find details:What Absorbs Water Experiment
Friday: Painting with Nature
Gather a few items from nature. Lay out a piece of paper and a tray of paint. Use the items from nature as paintbrushes to paint a masterpiece!
Find details: Painting with Nature
Saturday: Leaf Rubbings Match Up
Find various pairs of leaves in nature. Tape one of each leaf on the back of a piece of paper. Rub crayons over front side of the paper to show the leaf! Match the remaining leaf to the crayon rubbings.
- leaves from nature
- white paper
Find details: Leaf Rubbings Match Up
Sunday: Nature Sensory Bag
Create a sensory bag with hair gel in a baggy. Add nature items, such as flowers, grass and leaves. Tape it to the window to explore in the sunlight.
- hair gel or clear gelatin
- gallon-size freezer baggy
Find details: Nature Sensory Bag