Fun Friday activities are quick-and-simple ways to explore nature in your own backyard.
After our birdwatching adventure at Malibu Lagoon last weekend, the big explorer and I were gushing about all of our favorite sightings. It seemed like the perfect time to start writing them down. Hence the idea for a bird book.
We decided we should start with the birds we see every day in our backyard – namely crows and hummingbirds.
We grabbed an empty notebook and some colored pencils and headed outside. The big explorer found a nice, quiet spot and started drawing. When he was done, I suggested he include an interesting fact about crows. (He also thought a plane was in order!)
We included a print we’d made earlier of a crow feather we’d found in our backyard.
Then the big explorer added a second page for hummingbirds.
It’s my turn next, to make an entry for my favorite bird from trip to Malibu Lagoon – a great blue heron.
- Keep it age appropriate. Refined sketches or photographs, as well as more detailed notes, would work for older kids; younger kids may do better with make-your-own bird flash cards (picture on one side, name on the other).
- Head outdoors for inspiration. Finding a quiet place to work allows kids to let the sights and sounds of nature inspire their entries.
More Ideas for Outdoor Fun
If you’ve got kids and live in the United States, this weekend is all about Halloween. To make a nature connection:
- Carve, paint or otherwise decorate your pumpkins outside, then use the leftover pumpkin seeds to attract birds.
- Go bike riding through your neighborhood to check out all the spooky Halloween decorations.
- Hunt for cool spider webs while you’re out trick-or-treating.
- Or try one of these 50 ways to explore nature in your own backyard.
We’ll be supporting the big explorer’s school by attending its annual Halloween festival, then trick-or-treating with friends in the neighborhood. How will you be getting outside this weekend?