In part 1 of this post are ideas for getting a different perspective by watching and listening. In part 2, I’ll cover smell, taste and touch.
These activities can be a great way to enhance observational skills and expand your child’s vocabulary!
I hope you will spend some time outside and try them.
· Talk about how the parts of a tree or plant are connected. Start by looking at the base of the tree (where it’s usually very sturdy and wide) and go to the narrower branches and then delicate leaves. Do this with flowers too.
· Pay attention to how close or far apart things are around you. Are you in a dense forested area or grassland where the trees and grasses are close together? Or an open field where there is more space between?
· Watch how things in nature rely on each other…like when bees pollinate a flower.
· Talk a walk at night and talk about how different things look.
· Pick a letter of the alphabet (maybe what your child’s name starts with) and look for things that start with that letter.
· Take a walk on a windy day. Fall is a great time of year to do this. We once took a walk on a windy fall day and it was “snowing” leaves the whole time. It was so beautiful with all the leaves gently falling all around us. At first we just watched them and then we all started to jump around to try to catch them.
· Walk along a riverbed to follow a twig or leaf as it floats down the river.
· Look at how and where the shadow of a tree falls. Look in the morning and then revisit it in the afternoon and again later in the day to talk about how it has changed.
· Talk about ways to describe the area you are in. Is it open, windy, green, dry, hot, rocky etc?
Stand still and listen with your eyes closed. You’ll probably be able to hear better and concentrate better this way. You can also amplify sounds further by cupping your hands behind your ears to mimic an animal’s ear (which is usually larger than ours).
· Listen and describe the sounds you hear.
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