Exploring Outdoors – 3-noon Introduction to the Great Outdoors is a powerful and beneficial guide on supporting children s active learning and supporting their emotional and physical development through year-round outdoor adventure. It traces every season of the year and highlights the importance of educational role play, creative thinking, practical application, and how the National Curriculum applies to outdoor exploring. It provides an exciting insight into the benefits of wilderness experiences, teaching valuable skills such as self-trust, responsibility, communication, and perseverance, and building friendships and community within the group. The book also guides parents through the practical aspects of designing an effective outdoor program for their children. It includes practical activities and homework assignments, as well as fun and motivational stories.
“A Great Outdoors: A Year of Discovery” by Martha P. LeFevre is a comprehensive and complete guide to teaching children about the great outdoors. The book inspires children to become environmentally responsible citizens, covering all the basics from knowing their environment to the best times to explore. It encourages kids to enjoy nature on their own terms and teaches them how to respect it and have faith in the earth.
“The Nantucket Statement” by Sue Similar offers similar insights into teaching kids about the importance of environmental literacy. The book celebrates the beauty of nature in pictures and explores the things that inspired these pictures. Many beautiful photographs in this publication provide a lovely introduction to the many beautiful natures and wonders of the outdoors. The book talks about nature journaling, comparing it to a diary, and even has a section on teaching children about nature ethics, teaching them to value and respect the natural world. This book gives an excellent overview of the importance of writing and the effects of writing on children.
“Solving Sensory Problems in the Great Outdoors: A Guide for the Whole Family” by Liz Primeau is another excellent book for families who are exploring the outdoors. The book discusses sensory awareness and the need to understand and learn to manage our sensory perceptions in our environment. For example, if we are surrounded by tall grass, trees, and flowers, our brains have a tendency to tune out the environment and ignore the things around us. This book provides a good primer on how to get started learning to respect our sensory perceptions around us and get excited about exploring outdoor adventures.
For families who want to get started with outdoor adventures, “Curious George” by Kevin Henkes can serve as a great introduction. This book introduces young children to nature activities and facts and teaches young children how to be caregivers for wildlife. It also includes the use of recycled media such as vinyl stickers and bedding for creative nature activities. There is even a Q & A section at the end of the book answering questions that children may have about nature activities, nature facts, and the use of natural materials around the house.
For those adventurous parents and grandparents, “Secrets of Outdoor Adventure” by Liz Primeau is a perfect book for them. It features forty-some exciting adventure ideas ranging from water skiing and wakeboarding to zip lining and hiking. It also contains detailed information about using natural objects as a way of exploring the outdoors. Some of the ideas in this book include things like building your own raft, using the colors of paint to create stripes and dots on things like tarps and tarpaulins and using tree leaves to paint bridges and walkways. In fact, the ideas in this book really inspire parents to take their kids outdoors for some real outdoor exploration!
If you’re interested in exploring the outdoors for your child’s own pleasure, you should consider “NCPLH Certified Parent Outdoor Leader” Lisa Olson’s “Secrets of Outdoor Adventure.” This book provides practical tips and techniques that any parent could use when they’re planning and preparing for a family outing or just going out for a walk to exercise. Here, you’ll learn tips and advice for dealing with outdoor adventures, including weather conditions, safety, and recreation gear. Additionally, this book also contains fifteen coloring pages where children can color in the adventure scenes from their books. Even though it’s geared towards children, this book offers many ideas and helpful tips for adults as well.
Finally, don’t forget that there are many excellent, all-natural products that you and your kids can utilize during your outdoor explorations. One great example is called the Water Butt Kit. It’s a waterproof case and holder that fits inside your car for carrying and storing water butt cans (which is just a fancy way of referring to paper tubes filled with water). The kit includes an assortment of water butt cans and other useful items that make outdoor exploring easy and fun.