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Do your preschoolers love being outdoors? Do they love exploring nature? If so, they’re sure to love taking a nature walk with you.
To make the most of nature walks with your preschoolers, it is helpful to do a little preparation in advance. With a few simple supplies and the printables shared below, you can turn your next walk into a fun learning experience.
Prepare for a Nature Walk with Your Preschoolers
Bring a small bag for collecting nature.
Brown paper lunch sacks are the perfect size for collecting nature on your next walk. Kids can fill their bags with sticks and rocks and feathers.
Once home, preschoolers can spread out their finds for further investigation and observation.
Bring a small camera along.
Bring along a small camera. Your cellphone will do. Help your kids take pictures of the things they find that they can’t put in their bags.
Maybe, they’ll see a beautiful bird in a tree or a frog in a pond. They might think the neighbors flowers are very pretty, but they know not to pick them. Let them take pictures of the things they can’t bring home with them.
Put together a small nature walk backpack.
When my kids were younger, we loved exploring our neighborhood pond. I put together a backpack to carry along so the kids could explore nature up close and personal. Look below to find some ideas of things you can add to your nature walk backpack.
Print out these fun nature walk scavenger hunts.
Here’s a little collection of nature scavenger hunts for the seasons. There’s one for summer, spring, winter, and fall. No matter the season, it’s always the right time to head outside and take a nature walk with your preschoolers!