Friday April 22 is Earth Day, but you can have fun exploring nature with your child everyday! Here is a fun fingerplay you can teach your child about flowers in the spring time:
Flowers in a Row (to the tune of Down by the Station)
Out in the garden (crouch down), Early in the Springtime,
See the pretty flowers, grow in a row! (slowly raise up)
See the little bees, flying down to greet them! (wiggle fingers around like bees)
Buzz, Buzz, swish-swish, high they grow! (stretch tall on tippy toes)
Here are some easy ways to explore nature with your child:
- Take a walk! Talk to your child about the plants and animals in your neighborhood. How many red flowers can you count? What does that rough tree bark feel like?
- Collect leaves, twigs, acorns and other small pieces of nature from your yard. Glue your bits of nature to a piece of paper to make a collage.
- Plant seeds for small flowers like marigolds in a paper cup or small flower pot. Let your child water the plant and watch it grow.
- Visit the library for books about bees, squirrels, fish or any other natural topic your child shows an interest it!