Updated: Jul 29
Summer is FINALLY here! What a great time to have an outdoor adventure. In this month’s blog, you can create a Nature Scrapbook with our Nature Scavenger Hunt workbook (from Education.com). Take pictures of each step and then journal about all the fun you had and what you were able to see. You can also read some great books about the outdoors and read some articles about great outdoor activities you and your family can do together. This summer let’s make some terrific memories and let’s do them outdoors!
The Staff of Casa Montessori Preschool
Weekend Family Fun Challenge
July is the middle of the summer and a great time to take a nature scavenger hunt! Our reading challenge this month is all about nature and ways to have fun outdoors. Read some great books on camping or exploring. You can check the books out at your local library or build your library by purchasing the books below. You can enter to win a FREE book by using our Google Form or simply download our PDF version and keep track at home.
To give you some ideas about how to conduct a nature scavenger hunt, we have included a Nature Scavenger Hunt workbook for you to download to use. The goal is to explore our beautiful Pacific NW, but you can ALSO take it with you on your family vacation! More importantly, we want you and your family to have an incredible Family Fun Adventure!
BOOK #1: I Pledge Allegiance
by Pat Mora
Libby's great aunt, Lobo, is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years, and she wants to become a U.S. citizen. At the end of the week, Lobo will say the Pledge of Allegiance at a special ceremony. Libby is also learning the Pledge this week, at school—at the end of the week, she will stand up in front of everyone and lead the class in the Pledge. Libby and Lobo practice together—asking questions and sharing stories and memories—until they both stand tall and proud, with their hands over their hearts.
BOOK #2: Indestructibles: Let's Go Outside!
Enjoy the wonders of nature in a book that’s indestructible!
Look up at the BIG BLUE sky.
SPLISH in the water just like a fish.
Take a walk and STRETCH like tall, tall trees.
BOOK #3: Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail: What Will You Find?
By Editors of Storey Publishing
Jump-start curiosity with this take-along field guide for children ages 4 to 8. From worms, birds, and spiders to trees, flowers, and clouds, young explorers learn what to look and listen for wherever they are — whether in a nature preserve, an urban park, or a suburban backyard. Seek-and-find lists, on-the-trail art projects, and discovery games get kids engaged in hands-on learning about nature, and a real pull-out magnifying glass helps them get a close-up glimpse of leaf veins, seed pods, and tiny insects. Filled with activities, checklists, and stickers, this interactive nature guide belongs in every kid’s backpack.
BOOK #4: Let's go on a hike! (a family hiking adventure!)
by Katrina Liu
Looking for fun? Consider it done! Let's all go on a hike! Spend some time outdoors which I'm sure you will like! A family adventure with so much to explore... Lots of fun in the sun, you can't ask for much more! With some rhyming and hiking, there's no end to exploring! Let's go on a hike is a sweet rhyming story all about family and appreciating nature, trails, and the outdoors.
Helpful Articles and Resources
Easy Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Young Kids
The boys and I had a much needed evening in our yard doing a nature scavenger hunt! The weather was perfect and we were all itching to get outside and play.
It was time to take a break from “work” and focus on the kids and just have fun!
And this scavenger hunt was such a fun way to kick off the summer.
We started out just looking for flowers and leaves that caught our eyes. Eventually, I decided to up the ante and make our casual activity into a true scavenger hunt!
5 Nature Based Play Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers
Rachael of Tiddler’s Toolbox shares five nature based play ideas for young children. Create small worlds, nature ice blocks, play with mud cupcakes, or use natural materials for sorting, counting and matching activities.
Outdoor Learning and Nature Activities for Kids
This article contains several lists of fun outdoor learning ideas and nature activities for kids of all ages. In it, you can find both child-led and loosely structured outdoor activities for kids from toddlers to preschoolers and kindergarteners to elementary-aged students and teens. And the outdoor learning activities and nature craft ideas on this list of outside activities can be used by homeschoolers, educators, or anyone seeking to enhance their child’s understanding of or connection to, the natural world.
Nature Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers
If you are home with your little ones right now and wondering what to do, I have one suggestion: Nature crafts and activities for preschoolers!!! Get those little ones outside, or bring the outdoors in, with these fabulous activities.
If you are wondering how to instil a love of the environment and this beautiful Mother Earth of ours, it is as easy as can be. Here we share with you our very favourite nature crafts and activities that are perfect for 3 year olds from around this blog and a few other places as well.
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