Have you really looked at the world around you? Even if you live in the city, nature is everywhere once you start looking. The pictures on this page were taken in my neighborhood. You'll be surprised what you can find in your neighborhood, once you start looking.
- Make a Peek-a-boo box for different types of habitats.
- Make your own butterflies.
- Create your own animals.
- Ready to make your own creatures?
- Use paper mache to make your own tree.
- Create your own snake.
- Make a bouquet of flowers.
- Create animals from fun foam.
The Creature guessing game is a fun way to fill the time when you are traveling.
Who or What Am I using different things found in nature. This game works best with a group of kids.
Nature Field Trips1. Visit as many different habitats as you can find in your neighborhood. Here's a check list to see what you can find.
- River, stream or creek
- Lake or ocean
- hill or mountain
- meadow or field
2. Plan to spend an hour outside. It could be in a backyard, on a balcony, or in a park. Make a list of all the living things you see. Bring along a bird and bug book if you want to identify what you are seeing.
3. Find a local farm to visit. At this time of the year, you may be able to U-Pick berries, or even see what crops are growing that will be harvested in the fall. Don't forget about unusual farms like a bee farm or an ostrich farm. If you aren't sure how to find a farm, try the yellow pages under 'farm' or call your local tourist information center and ask about farm tours.
4. Spend a morning at a farmers' market. Plan a meal using the fresh produce you bring home.
5. Call your local Parks Department or Park Services and find out what programs they are running this week.
- Here's a fun way to grow plants indoor and create your own hairy heads.
- Make rain sticks to create a rain storm inside.
- Start a small garden. It could be herbs or lettuce in containers on the windowsill, or flowers in the garden.
- Use nature themed treasure for this jelly treasure hunt.
Post your stories about about your nature adventures to the Creative Kids blog to share with other families.