We spend a lot of time outside in the summer. We smear on some sunscreen, spritz on herbal bug spray, and head into the great outdoors.
There’s so much to experience.
In the busy-ness of our culture, it’s easy to forget the pleasures that being outside can bring. I encourage you to spend a morning or an evening (afternoons are just too hot!) doing a few of the following with your kids:
1. Be amazed. The world around us is amazing. From the tiniest mosquito to the greatest oak tree, God made each and every part unique and interesting, perfectly suited to its niche and incredible in its detail. Look at nature with fresh eyes, appreciating the awe it deserves.
2. Lay on a blanket and watch the clouds. Those thick, puffy clouds we have on nice days are called cumulous clouds. They morph from one amazing shape into the next as winds blow high above our heads. See what designs you can come up with. Tell a story about the creatures you see.
3. Collect leaves. Leaves are magnificent. First, every different kind of plant has a unique leaf. They are all sizes and shapes and many different colors. To me, simple leaves are a sign of God’s incredible creativity. Yesterday, my daughter decided to collect a leaf from every plant in our yard. She collected as long as her 7-year-old attention span would permit, and she proudly showed me her collection. We found a large book (a phone book is great) and stuck the leaves in a few pages apart. We’ll leave them there for a month, until they’re dried and smooth, and then we’ll either decoupage them onto something or glue them into a nature journal. If you’re not into drying leaves, you can do leaf rubbings with a crayon, talking about the intricacies of each leaf and how God made them with veins that move liquid just like ours. Simply place the leaf smooth side down, lay a piece of paper over it, and rub the flat side of a crayon across it.
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How to you like to explore God’s creation with your kids over the summer?
Tara Ziegmont: Tara Ziegmont is a homeschooler, former high school astronomy teacher, Certified Writing Specialist, blog coach, and SEO Specialist. She has blogged at Feels Like Home since 2007, where she helps women to live more fully in every moment (even the ones that suck). Tara celebrates her two crazy daughters (ages 6 and 2 1/2) and lives an old-school back-to-basics frugal lifestyle near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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