I love the great outdoors. I feel like kids these days don’t get to spend as much time outside as I did as a kid. We were free-range children in the 80s. It’s was a different world back then. But there are still plenty of chances to get outside with your children, and these two books by Kim Andrews will help you; Exploring Nature Journal For Kids and Exploring Nature Activity Book For Kids.
While the journal has begins with some great information, it really works great alongside the activity book. The journal starts with safety first, as it should, including safety tips to protect exploring children from things like poison ivy and wild animals. There are instructions on how to use the journal and creative things to do with your journal.
My favorite part of the journal is that each entry has an additional page for field sketches. This is a bonafide outdoor explorers journal, it doesn’t cut short just because it’s geared toward children. It’s a wonderful and fun learning experience, where kids can track the foliage and wildlife they see, what they learned on their exploration, and more.
The activity book is filled with fun projects. Ones that will help your child learn more about the great outdoors, and some that will bring the great outdoors in for closer exploration.
Some of the fun projects you’ll find within the pages include:
- Creating a walking stick
- Learning about different types of clouds
- Learning about the phases of the moon
- Fossil making
- Making a toad home
There are 50 fun projects in this book, so that list barely glosses over the coolness within these pages. There are step-by-step instructions written to make them easy for kids to follow (but parents can help out too).
It’s getting near time to start thinking about Christmas shopping (don’t shush me), so why not snag these two books for the little future explorer in your life!