Kids may not even realize they are practicing their names (letters, words, numbers, etc.) with this fun, outdoor activity.
You will need: sticks, pinecones, leaves, moss and a flat surface.
1. Help your kids collect sticks, pinecones, leaves, moss, etc. This may be a teachable moment to discuss nature while you are collecting items together. Talk about what you see, what you smell, what you feel, etc. Prompt your kids to do the same.
2. Demonstrate how to form letters, words, and numbers using nature. There are no mistakes here.
3. Allow for practice. Last time I checked, there were plenty of sticks and leaves at the park. Promote lots of practice…even if you have to go on several stick hunts together.
4. Encourage your kids to spell other words or practice forming letters, depending on their age and ability.
5. Enjoy the fresh air and nature while learning together!
If you are looking for some children’s books about nature, here are some of my kiddos’ and my favorites:
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