Let's Go Outside!: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature [NOOK Book]

Overview

Engage your child in outdoor play, nature outings, and environmental explorations. Chase and be chased in a game of capture the flag. Use the power of the sun to craft your own shadow prints. Explore the stars on a late night walk. Create a field guide to your neighborhood. Through 52 ideas—some classic and some new—Let's Go Outside! offers a range of activities perfect for children ages 8 to 12. Whether you're in the country, the city, or anywhere in between, this book is sure to help you get outside—and run, ...

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Let's Go Outside!: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature

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Overview

Engage your child in outdoor play, nature outings, and environmental explorations. Chase and be chased in a game of capture the flag. Use the power of the sun to craft your own shadow prints. Explore the stars on a late night walk. Create a field guide to your neighborhood. Through 52 ideas—some classic and some new—Let's Go Outside! offers a range of activities perfect for children ages 8 to 12. Whether you're in the country, the city, or anywhere in between, this book is sure to help you get outside—and run, dance, hike, or camp—with your preteen.

Sections of the book include:

  • Back to Basics: Reconnecting with twists on traditional games and activities such as Capture the Flag
  • Making the Ordinary Extraordinary: Picnics, doing homework outdoors, and socializing opportunities outdoors
  • Outdoor Adventures: Canoeing, biking, and camping
  • Environmental Experiments: Ways to explore how nature works
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834822504
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/14/2009
  • Series: Roost
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Ward is the author of numerous children’s books, all of which present nature to kids. Her award-winning titles have been featured in magazines such as Ranger Rick, Your Big Backyard, Learning, and Foreword, and she has been interviewed and featured on national television and local radio. She is a regular speaker at conferences and schools across the country, where she instills the importance of literacy and the wonders waiting to be discovered in the natural world.

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From Let's Go Outside!

Picture This

Sometimes changes in nature are mere nuance, and it’s nice to be aware of how our environment changes around us as it cycles through seasons. We are so accustomed to our calendar that we often neglect to take notice of the changing calendar outdoors, and take it for granted. It’s spring. It’s summer. It’s fall. It’s winter. Well, INDEED! We should celebrate this cycle of events. Here’s just one fun way to record the seasons and become more aware of what’s around us year round.

Go outside with your child and select an item visible in nature. It might be your home, a hill, or a tree. It simply needs to be a type of visible landmark; something you can see year round. Create a photo journal of the landmark. This activity will require a camera, patience, and time. But the results will be well worth it.

Photograph the landmark by season. Take one photograph from the same spot, same angle, same distance, and same time of day in the springtime. Take another photo from the same spot, the same angle, the same distance, and the same time of day in the summer. Repeat the procedure in the fall, then again in the winter. Once you’ve completed your seasonal photo essay of your landmark, mount or frame the pictures in progression, side by side. Note the similarities and differences and the seasonal nuances as they affect the setting around the landmark.

For a more immediate photo essay, select an item in nature, such as a flower, tree, or shrub, or a landmark. Create a photo essay of it throughout the course of a day, noting how the sun and elements affect its appearance throughout that day. Photograph it from the same spot, same angle, and same distance: in the morning, in the afternoon, at night.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix


Part One
Back to Basics
1. Kick the Can 3
2. Capture the Flag 6
3. Flyin’ Frisbees 9
4. A’ Hunting We Will Go 14
5. Twenty Questions—with a Natural Twist! 16
6. Crazy for Kites 19
7. Scavengers ’R’ Us 22
8. Hop to It with Hopscotch! 25
9. Five Fine Forts 28
10. Ten Types of Tag 32
11. Buried Treasure 39
12. Spy Games 42


Part Two
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
13. Up with the Birds 47
14. Outdoor Diner 50
15. Make a Tree Swing 54
16. Moonlight Walk 57
17. Cloud Spotters 60
18. Sun Fun: Shadow Prints 63
19. Paper Makers 66
20. Press It! Fine Flower Preservation 69
21. Picture This 72
22. Playground for Poets 75
23. Flower Fashionista 79
24. Tubbles of Bubbles 81
25. Rockin’ Nature! 84
26. A Tree of My Very Own 87
27. Peek and Seek from Underneath 90


Part Three
Get Your Outdoor Adventure On
28. Begging for Bike Time! 95
29. Happy Campers 98
30. Go Fish! 101
31. The Bugliest Scavenger Hunt Ever! 104
32. Snow Stepping! 108
33. Dig It! Play with Clay 110
34. Paddle It! 112
35. Wonders beneath the Water 115
36. Pan It! 118
37. We’re Going on a Hole Hunt 120


Part Four
Eco-minded Experiences
38. Toil with the Soil 125
39. Garden and Nature Journal 130
40. Toad’s Castle 133
41. Counting on Ladybugs 136
42. Personal Backyard Field Guide 139
43. Going Wild 141
44. Magnificent Migrations 143
45. Trash to Treasure—for Wildlife 146
46. Make a Rain Catcher! 149
47. Bath Time Is for the Birds 151
48. Join It! Create a Nature Nut Club 154
49. Nectar Nice 157
50. Backyard Bird Count 161
51. Wonder-fall Leaves 164
52. Pollinator’s Palace 168


Ideas for Parents: Tips and Resources
171
About the Author 176
About the Illustrator 176

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