Uncover clues in the wild to get kids thinking like scientists.
Young children learn best through self discovery and exploration. Take advantage of spring by heading outside and allowing your child explore the great outdoors. You and your youngster will be amazed at what can be discovered if you just stop and take a closer look.
My students learned how to become a nature spy from the book, Nature Spy, by Shelley Rotner and Ken Kreisler. Encourage your child to use his imagination and become a nature spy too! When you become a nature spy pretending to act like a detective is key. Teach your child that a detective looks for clues that were left behind, so in this case you and your child will be looking for clues left by nature. Becoming a nature spy will allow children to begin to think like a real scientist!
Here are some suggestions that every good nature spy should do/have while hunting for clues on his nature exploration.
Things to do:
Things you may want to bring with you outdoors:
There is so much to learn from the world around us, so step outside your door and see what your child will discover. There's always something to find when you're a nature spy!