Search for flowers – be they wild or planted – throughout the neighborhood.
What better way to welcome in spring than by searching for nature’s newest blooms?
OUR NOTES FROM THE FIELD
We headed out the door for one of our routine neighborhood walks. To liven things up a bit, I asked the 5 year old to see how many different colored flowers he could find during our walk.
He immediately shrugged off the idea.
Thinking on my feet, I changed the assignment: “How about you find any flower you don’t think was planted by someone?”
That intrigued him. We found three different varieties on our front lawn alone. A dandelion flower,
a dandelion seed head
and some white grass flowers.
After his initial success, he didn’t seem to mind finding other flowers, too – but only the ones he found especially interesting, like flowers planted around trees or red flowers (his favorite color). There was also this out-of-place bloom coming up out of a bush:
And then we found this beautiful bird of paradise, a flower we’ve been talking about a lot lately.
In the span of just a couple of blocks, we saw a lot more new life than I’d bargained for – and much of it having nothing to do with my neighbor’s planted flowers.
During our walk, we talked about the changing of the seasons, what new things we saw around us besides flowers and what we might anticipate seeing in the weeks and months ahead.
I am continually reminded that not only do our walks connect us with nature, but they also provide great teachable moments – for parents and kids alike.
With so many flowers to look at, the biggest challenge was figuring out how to make our flower walk something a little out of the ordinary. In the future, I might:
- Bring a camera. Let your little explorer snap shots of his or her favorite flowers. Print them out and put them in a nature journal. It might be fun to compare flowers you find now to those appearing later in the spring or summer.
- Turn it into a treasure hunt. My son seemed more engaged when I asked him to find a certain item (flowers not planted by someone). Yours may want to look for certain colors or collect flowers to create a bouquet for mom or dad.
MORE IDEAS FOR OUTDOOR FUN
If you’re not up for a flower walk this weekend, try one of these ideas dreamed up from some of my fellow outdoorsy bloggers this week:
- Celebrate Earth Hour this Saturday with one of these outdoor activities from The Little Humbugs
- Got rain? Try painting in it with this idea from Your Wild Child
- Create a fairy house with help from Active Kids Club
- Head to a nearby park and try one of these 5 fun things to do from Fun Orange County Parks