Taking a nature walk with your kids is a great way to help give them a love of nature. It also fosters a respect for the earth. The great outdoors has a lot to teach little ones.
It is a great idea to have an nature walk adventure bag packed and sitting by the door. You can pick up canvas totes at various craft stores, and if you are like most people you may already have one in your home.
Have your child draw a picture and scan it onto your computer. Then using iron on paper that you can find at office supply and craft stores print the design and iron it to the front of their bag.
What do you put in it?
A snack and drink (a stainless steel water bottle and some homemade trail mix are good ideas)
a sketch book and some colored pencils, crayons, or watercolor paints for your child to use if they feel inspired to capture something they see
field guide books to identify trees, animals, insects etc.
a mini first aid kit
a journal to record the highlights of the day
bug repellent and sunscreen
It is also helpful for the adults to bring a blanket, in case you decide to relax or have a picnic. If you are going somewhere with water it is good to pack extra clothing or have your child wear a swim suit under their clothing. Our family loves the relaxed afternoons spent at a park, on the beach or somewhere in nature. End the day with a surprise trip to a local ice cream shop!
Here are some book ideas that would be great in the nature walk adventure bags:
You can find parks to go to on in the U.S. on the
National Park Service Website
If you are out of the US you can do a search online to find a park or forest in your area. Kids thrive when they get a lot of time outside! They also sleep better at night when they have lots of fresh air and physical activity. This is a way to bond with the whole family.
For families that walk their pets daily, having a bag of activities can also entertain your child if they get bored on outings.