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Connecting with nature: 10 simple activities for urban kids

1) Smell the flowers.

Smelling the flowers

2) Climb trees.

Climbing trees3) Feed birds.

Feeding birds

4) Water the garden.

Watering the garden

5) Watch the sky.

Trying to look at the sky

6) Chase butterflies.

7) Collect leaves and sticks.

Collecting leaves

8 ) Count ants.

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9) Splash in the ocean.

Splashing in the ocean

10) Have a picnic.

How do your kids connect with nature?

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23 Responses to Connecting with nature: 10 simple activities for urban kids
  1. Beet
    February 16, 2011 | 11:08 am

    Going to the park and feeding the ducks is a favourite activity with my lot, even now they are teens :)
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  2. Trish
    February 16, 2011 | 11:34 am

    Fantastic list …we love doing most of these things.
    It’s the simple things we forget .
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  3. Su Chin
    February 16, 2011 | 11:39 am

    I love your list! My kids do alot of them. I love the picture of no.4 . The can is bigger than the kid!!!!
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  4. Susan @ Reading Upside Down
    February 16, 2011 | 11:42 am

    My children are all school-aged, so I am hoping to organise a vegetable garden this year as our outdoor family activity.

  5. Dannie
    February 16, 2011 | 11:57 am

    My kids are all grown up now well teens really and they did all that (they love butterflies) ,picnics etc… Beautiful pics as well :-) xxx

  6. TENNIS: OnCourtAdvantage.com
    February 16, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    Looks like great fun for kids, if you add playing on the grass with a tennis ball (because tennis is in everyone’s nature!), then what more could a kid want!
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  7. Barb
    February 16, 2011 | 4:24 pm

    Love the pictures and the ideas – they can be worked into any day! We go for drives and walk trails with a “pic nik” the ids have packed. We take pictures and for this year we are going to study plants in the area. Like Poison ivy…pictures only!!!

  8. Marthese
    February 16, 2011 | 9:39 pm

    I love your post ..it is simple but effective…another tip…is a stamping art effect on paper with different materials..like leaves, potatoes is a good one cut in half and the kids can dip it in paint and stamp it on the paper….thank you for sharing :)
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  9. mum in search
    February 16, 2011 | 11:07 pm

    Thanks everyone, I have enough ideas now for a follow-up post :)

  10. Mands
    February 17, 2011 | 12:18 am

    There is nothing better than the simple, low cost of nature ambles. As the kids get older, a cheap digital camera is a handy tool to keep them aware of their surroundings. When friends come over to play, I often write up a scavenger hunt list and send them into the yard to find 10 things. It’s great to watch and ensures outside time in a screen-time world!
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  11. Toni
    February 17, 2011 | 3:19 am

    Aren’t they just lovely photos? and great idea for a post, too.
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  12. Tiffany @ Home Grown Families
    February 17, 2011 | 3:43 am

    Lightning bugs!! My kids, born and raised in the South where there are no fireflys, are obsessed with them! I’m trying to get them to remember to cut holes in the lids of whatever container they are using… silly city kids!!
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  13. Kymmie
    February 17, 2011 | 5:22 am

    Gorgeous! I love how much fun they’re having… xx
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  14. Amy
    February 17, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing the list! Great ideas even for kids who live in the country.

    You can read my Toddler Talk post here:
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  15. Missy Boo
    February 17, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    Lovely list of fun things, and gorgeous photos :)
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  16. Webanswers
    February 18, 2011 | 10:40 pm

    Beautiful post.
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  17. Christie-Childhood 101
    February 21, 2011 | 10:49 am

    What a fabulous reminder of the importance of children enjoying nature play.

    Thank you for linking up to We Play this week :)
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  18. Sammy
    April 15, 2011 | 9:06 pm

    I love this post and the photos … simple if often the best.
    Cheers Sammy
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  19. georgi
    July 16, 2011 | 11:49 pm

    i have fond memories of lying on our lawn as a child making up stories about the shapes in the clouds – looking at the sky was something i loved to do. visiting from the rewind x

  20. MultipleMum
    July 17, 2011 | 1:11 am

    This is a top post Tat! I love that you have illustrated with photos too. Thanks fo rRewinding x

  21. Kellie @ Three Li'l Princesses
    July 17, 2011 | 11:30 am

    The little things are often the best. Such a great list. And I LOVE the photos. The butterfly one is beautiful! xx

  22. Darlene Garza
    December 10, 2011 | 5:23 am

    I love your list! I love that you have illustrated with photos too. As the kids get older, a cheap digital camera is a handy tool to keep them aware of their surroundings.

  23. Bishopston Mum
    December 18, 2011 | 9:27 am

    What a lovely post. I am so glad I have found your blog :-)
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