Exploring Nature

Kids need to explore the great outdoors. It’s really difficult to do right now where I live because we’ve been under extreme heat advisory for the last 2 weeks. Today’s high is 115 degrees!! So, how do my preschoolers connect with nature when they can’t go outside? We bring nature indoors.

This week, we are learning about animal homes. We learned about webs, nests, holes, and more. I thought it would be really cool to go outside and look for nests and webs. But, after being outside for 10 minutes, we were forced to come inside and cool off.

In my search to find cool things to do this summer, I discovered that my local library does a variety of fun events throughout the summer. One of the events was to come and learn about different reptiles. So, we went! We learned a lot about lizard, tortoise, and snake homes. We got to touch these reptiles as well. My girls are so brave.

It was fun to learn about these animals and where they live. My girls and I compared these animal’s homes to our home. We came up with a few similarities and differences between the two.

Our favorite habitat we learned about this week was webs. We did three memorable activities from Mother Goose Time’s lesson plan book.

1. We used geoboards to make webs.

My two year old wasn’t quite sure how to use a geoboard. She ended up just throwing the rubber bands on the board to see where they would land. It turned into a fun game for her. My five year old, however, was really good at making shapes and designs with the materials given.

2. We sang and acted out “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”.

My older daughter really wanted to be the teacher for this activity. So, I let her! She taught us the nursery rhyme, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” then we practiced singing it with the actions. We acted it out with the cut out spider and spider web. It was fun to watch my older daughter teach her younger sister.

3. We made hand print spiders with webs.

Both girls loved this activity the best. They love any activity that involves them painting their hands. We played “school” later that day and my daughters were the teachers. They had me (the student) make a hand print spider. I love when they mimic me.

We are so excited to explore the outdoors next week in our new month’s theme “Nature Detectives”. Hopefully the weather will be nicer for us.

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!

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