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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  1. says

    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!!!

  2. says

    I love your post is simple but effective…another tip…is a stamping art effect on paper with different 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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  3. says

    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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  4. says

    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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  5. says

    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

  6. Darlene Garza says

    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.

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