Here are some of my favorite things to do while outdoors:
- Discover our senses (name 2 things I can smell, hear, see, taste, touch...)
- Discuss animal habitats and eating habits, "Who might live in this tree? I see an acorn! Who might eat an acorn?"
- Play "I Spy" games with a twist..."I spy something that is sweet and sticky!"
- Teach and review new routines (how to make a s'more, start a campfire, tie a knot)
- Compare/contrast leaves, bark, animals, camping food, etc.,
- Practice sorting outdoor things by what they look like, where you found them, what they are for, etc.
- Play "One Small Square" - a game from the "One Small Square" series by Donald M. Silver. You use a twig to draw a square on the ground about 4 ft. x 4 ft. and then explore inside that square very closely. The book is fabulous for expanding this activity, here it is on amazon.com
- Practice following directions! "Before coming into the tent, take off your shoes!" "Always walk around the fire pit!"...lots of direction giving happens on our trips.