Nature walks are one of the most magnificent items to put on your summer bucket list.
The family gets together with no interruptions, in relative quiet, to observe a veritable wonderland of flora and fauna.
This setting is an ideal, cost-free, informal learning experience, as well as providing a great opportunity for exercise and appreciation.
Here are thirty questions to ask your child while sauntering through the woods:
- What colors do you see?
- How tall do you think those trees are?
- Did you notice the different shapes of all the leaves?
- What does the ground feel like?
- What do you feel when you see litter in the forest?
- What do you think happens here at night time?
- Can you guess how old that tree might be?
- Can you hear the wind rustling the leaves?
- Can you find a bird nest here?
- What’s the smallest animal you’ve seen?
- How’re things going with your friends?
- How much cooler do you think it is here in the forest than it is out in the sun?
- What do you think the animals here eat?
- Why do you think some flowers are closed up and some are open?
- How do the animals stay safe from their predators?
- What lives in that hollow log?
- Did you notice that the moss is always on the same side of the tree trunks?
- Have you noticed how different this forest looks through the different seasons?
- Where do you think the animals would go if someone cut down the trees?
- So, are there any bullies at school?
- If we’re really quiet, what can you hear?
- What do you think pinecones do for the pine trees?
- Is it nice for you to sometimes not here all sorts of electronic noises like motors from cars and the fridge and computer beeps?
- What do you think this forest looked like fifty years ago? What do you think it might look like in another fifty years?
- How do you think the deer recognize which of the other deer are their family and which aren’t?
- If you climbed to the top of that tree and looked around, what do you think you would be able to see from there?
- Why do you think trees have sap?
- What would be some really great paintings you could make of what you’ve seen here?
- How do you think that stream got its path going through here?
- How is your summer vacation going so far?
Have a great time connecting to nature, to the world and to each other on your hike.