This year as part of my effort to bring Nature into our homeschooling I decided we would begin this fall with nature hikes. Our goal is to complete one to two hikes a week. Now that my almost 2 year old doesn’t nap anymore ( I know crazy!). I have embraced this and the freedom it gives us to make the most of our days. This summer we focused on embracing our afternoons with museum visits, pool time, parks & splash pads. This fall with the cooler temps we are going to use that time to do some hiking.
I researched our local parks & joined our nature center for some great hikes. We plan to surprise the Kids with some hikes that are a good distance away on the weekends. Here are some great freebies Fall Nature & Science Mini Book & Hiking Checklist
Since I love organization and I like to be able to not feel like I am rushing around getting ready to leave for our hikes, I decided to come up with an outdoor backpack. I used this same concept for the summer with a park bag & pool bag….much to my husbands dismay and my #bagobession. It made for an easy summer and being able to transition each day for new activities. #momwin
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Okay so onto the essentials for our hiking/fall trips….
- A Lightweight Hiking Backpack
- Water bottles – I personally have fallen in love with the Yeti water bottles, (these water bottles stay cold for 8+ hours worth the high price tag!) – My goal is to fill up 2 with Ice and bring a couple extra bottles of water to refill them.
- Picnic Blanket for taking breaks on our hikes and relaxing in the outdoors.
- Educational Items : Kids Binoculars, A Bug Box or Mason Jar for collecting items, Toob Animals ( to use for imagination time) , Sketch Pad, Color Pencils, Wax paper squares and our mini nature books. I want the children to have the ability to do some sketching, and leaf rubbings.
My Goal is to use these trips and the information we gather to explore nature more fully at home, examples of this are the life cycle of bugs, or the life cycle of a butterfly, why trees lose their leaves, etc…..my hope is this will bring around lots of investigation & learning opportunities.
FREE FALL & SCIENCE NATURE MINI BOOK
- Helpful Hints : Make sure each child has a good pair of walking shoes, Scope out your nature centers & parks for easy hikes in the beginning, pack lunch and trail mixes(snacks) for your hike, if your like us and live in the Midwest dress in layers for cooler mornings. Pack sunscreen & bug spray. Make sure you grab the FREE FALL HIKE CHECKLIST HERE!
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