Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Exploring & Learning Outdoors

Here's a quote for the day from Reading Rockets:
"Fun outdoor activities...nurture a young child's interest in science — and develop skills like observing and predicting." Reading Rockets suggests a variety of fun ways to create fun outdoors with your child - all the while helping boost their early and pre-reading skills!
Read more here...

Our community has such wonderful places to explore outside, like the trails at Peavy Arboretum, the Jackson-Frazier Wetland, Willamette Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Avery Park, and many more places throughout the county.

Find inspiration at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, too:
Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids: a Guide to Getting Your Kids Active in the Great Outdoors by Eugene Buchanan
Corvallis Trails: Exploring the Heart of the Valley by Margie C. Powell
Hug a Tree: and Other Things to Outdoors with Young Children by Robert E. Rockwell, Elizabeth A. Sherwood & Robert A. Williams
The Green Hour: Activities, Games, Crafts, Science Lessons, and Fun Facts the Whole Family Will Enjoy by Todd Christopher
Janice VanCleave's Play and Find Out about Nature: Easy Experiments for Young Children
Let's Go Outside: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature by Jennifer Ward
Pond Year by Kathryn Lasky
Too Many Rabbits and Other Fingerplays about Animals, Nature, Weather, and the Universe by Kay Cooper
Raccoon on His Own by Jim Arnosky (see others by Jim Arnosky as well)

Nature Walk by Douglas Florian (good for the youngest listeners)

1 comment:

Zoe said...

There are lots of great (free) resources here:

It's a UK site but a lot of stuff is available to anyone and we've found it great for ideas about how to engage with the outdoor world.