The wonder and joy of letting go, and letting your imagination run wild and free outside. Children need time each day to play outside and explore nature. Children of today simply aren’t getting enough time outside. It’s becoming a problem. This is a simple activity to encourage outdoor play and learn a little science at the same time. If you have an old banana and some brown sugar, or maple syrup you can mix up some sugary mixture in a snap. It’s fun to have your child mash the banana and mix up the mixture. Step outside and find a tree. Pain the tree with a paint brush. Ask your child open ended questions. While Curly painted I asked her “who do you think will come to eat your snack?” “Who do you think will come for a picnic?” It was fun for her to imagine all sorts of critters that might come and enjoy a snack. After she painted her tree, we went to play and came back to see some little ants and other bugs enjoying a snack. I will be posting some more simple activities to encourage children to get outside and explore nature and science. The time spent outdoors for children is invaluable! Let them take time to explore, get lost in the moment and learn some science and child led investigations.
Mix Ingrediants like and old Banana, and brown sugar together.
Don’t forget to ask open ended questions. “What do you think will happen?” “Who do you think will come and snack?” “What do you think a bug picnic looks like to you?”
Don’t forget to check back and see who might come and enjoy a picnic! Have fun exploring!
This is a great science activity that encourages children to predict, watch for an outcome and explore nature!