Many researches have shown that there are many benefits of being outside, such as reduces feelings of stress and anger, boosts your energy, boots your immune system, children are more engaged in their activities, is good for your vision and much more. So I encourage you and your the child to get outside more often.
Here is a fun activity to do together while you are outside. Children love to look for little creepy crawling bugs and there are a lot of them now.
Materials: magnifying glass, bug sheet, marker
While you are enjoying this activity together, you can talk about where would you find these little creatures, where do they live, what they like to do, can you hear them, can you smell them? Simple interactions between you and your child encourages language development, problem solving, creative thinking, bonding and more…
Have fun bug hunting
Wow, look at our potato plants. The have grown so much. There are lots of leaves. The leaves are absorbing the sunlight from the sun to make food for the plants. I wonder how many potatoes are there…how big are the potatoes. Can you guess?
I want to wish all the mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for all the things you do.
At StrongStart, we made a bouquet of flowers to celebrate Mother’s Day.
a piece of cardboard
Poke holes on the cardboard
pick some flowers during your walks together, or in your garden
put the flowers into the holes
Enjoy the bouquet
We have been doing many bubble activities during our outdoor sessions. Both the children and the parents were very excited about bubbles, especially giant bubbles. You and your child can make bubbles together or they can do it themselves.
Here is a link to how to make wands that make giant bubble – https://rhubarbandwren.co.uk/giant-bubble-wand-tutorial/
Recipe for Giant Bubbles:
- 6 cups of warm water
- 1/2 cup of blue Dawn original dishwashing detergent
- 1 TBSP of corn syrup (or glycerin, if you happen to have some)
Mix all of the ingredients gently. Here is the secret: The bubble liquid gets better the longer it sits! It should marinate overnight at least. Tip: Just dip wands into the solution don’t stir or swish. It creates small bubbles and stops working. Enjoy!