The days filled with warmth are just about gone. The leaves are beginning to fall rapidly, signaling the soft whispers of winter, which will soon be here. We've been trying to take advantage of the unseasonably warm days that we've been gifted with, so yesterday we set out to explore. Since we were heading to a local park, I decided to pack a small Nature Exploration Kit for my budding scientist to use on our travels. Hoping to enjoy a warm afternoon amongst the changing leaves, I rounded up a few necessities that would lend itself to discovery and, in turn, learning.
We found a backpack in the back of the closet and instantly stuffed a pair of binoculars and a magnifying glass inside (inspired by my little one's fascination with Sid the Science Kid). I've been wanting to begin a nature journal that would be a place to record, collect, and expand upon what we observe while meandering outside during our walks. Here'e a list of what ended up in the pack:
~ a sketchbook
~ colored pencils and pens
~ glue sticks
~ a large baggie to collect extra specimens
~ a magnifying glass
~ my camera
It was such a beautiful day and we lingered outdoors as long as possible. My son didn't waste any time finding objects to inspect and tape into our nature journal. (Another option you could use instead of a notebook could be a Wonder Jar.) There was no shortage of foliage surrounding us, although the leaves were not as vibrant as they usually are this time of year.
We had such a relaxing afternoon chatting about our finds. We discussed concepts such as color, shape, and texture of leaves. We were fortunate to do a bit of birdwatching along the way, even spotting a few birds peeking out of their houses as we passed by. It does wonders for us both to be outdoors and connecting with nature. I'm looking forward to our next afternoon of exploring with my little one, soon!
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