Exploring the outdoors is a fun learning experience for kids of all ages. This activity will encourage children to observe the world around them by looking for natural items and collecting them in a unique and reusable container. Enjoy getting outdoors in every season, while enhancing your child’s powers of observation with this Spring Scavenger Hunt activity, straight from the pages of the WinterKids Guide to Active Outdoor Learning.
With playgrounds, gymnastics, swimming pools, sports teams, and more currently closed for our safety, we’re having to find other ways to keep our children moving and active. Yoga can be a great option for all ages and levels! No gear is needed, it can be practiced in a small space, or outdoors, solo, or together.
LEARN, EXPLORE, and MOVE with us! These ideas can be adapted and used in a home setting or classroom setting. Follow along for our book recommendations, fantastic resources for learning more about birds, a simple binoculars craft for backyard bird watching, bird-themed Simon Says, songs about birds, and even bird-themed yoga!
Let’s Dance! These DIY Wind Streamers are a fun art project, and they’ll help inspire curiosity and movement while they learn basic earth science lessons.
Take the kids outside-your yard or a park or other outdoor space where trees may have dropped branches. Time to play “pick up sticks!” Seriation is arranging objects in order by size, location or position. Sorting and ordering are the building blocks of mathematics.
We were inspired by “I LOVE the Rain” (one of our books of the month) to make little stick rafts for bugs and fairies! We anxiously waited for a rainy day to bring enough puddles and streams, so that we could give this a try. Next time it’s raining where you are, gather your supplies, slip on those rain boots and raincoats, and head outside to create your own stick rafts!
Looking for an indoor project? Try this art project with your children Seed Mosaics from the WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning, Preschool Edition. Kids (and adults) can get creative and make attractive, edible (for our bird friends) art to hang outside for the birds.
Spring is in the air, it’s a fun time of year to teach the kids about all the new things they can see and do outside whether rain or shine!
Our March books of the month will keep your kids busy and curious as we transition out of winter and into…spring!
Here is a simple activity for kids as you are gearing up for the new season and taking inventory for upcoming snow adventures. This is a great opportunity for kids to familiarize themselves with snow sports gear while working on their measuring skills.
December’s book of the month selections will help inspire a love for skiing and get them excited to say hello to winter…our favorite season!
Enjoy some time together outside while working on identifying patterns and creating patterns with natural objects. This activity is great for preschool to 2nd-grade level for either introducing the concept of patterns or for practicing and reinforcing understanding of patterns.
November’s book of the month selections will give you tools to help increase their awareness and engage their senses as you head outdoors this fall and winter!
Let’s get our bodies ready for winter fun! These stretches and agility challenges will help kids develop the balance, coordination, and quickness needed for many winter sports and activities.
An outdoor, dramatic play activity inspired by the book Summer Supper!
After reading the story, children are invited to head to the farmers’ market to buy ingredients and make their own farm-to-fork dish! Succotash recipe card and farmer’s market shopping list downloads are provided in this blog post.
Fall is in the air! Can you feel it? Teach your kids how to fall in love with nature and the changing seasons with these picks for books of the month!
Inspire your kids’ curiosity for ways to eat healthy and local, and for playing in nature, with these picks for book of the month!
Our July picks for book of the month are all about kindness, thoughtfulness, and problem-solving skills…and of course, learning while enjoying nature!