"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."-John Lubbock
This summer, Minds in Bloom will be focusing on nature - certainly one of the greatest inspirations for creativity. Posts will mostly be activity based, starting with this one:
An ABC Nature Walk is fun for any group of kids - or even adults. Choose a natural setting such as a park or forest. Make sure you have a clipboard and a pencil for each child. Participants can use this free ABC recording sheet to write and/or sketch things found in nature that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
You can all walk together, or let older children strike out on their own. Encourage children to use their imaginations. For example, "X" could be "extremely small ant." "C" could be "frog croaking." At the end of the activity, compare answers. Which letters were easy? Which were challenging? What were some of the creative answers that people came up with?
Another option is to allow participants to fill in the sheet over a period of days or weeks, using several different settings. This could work well for a summer camp activity.
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