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Outdoor activity can nourish children’s physical, social, and emotional development, while connecting them to resources available in their backyards, neighborhoods, cities, and regions. The following list helps families, teachers, and youth leaders to engage children by connecting to nature throughout Delaware.
- Go outside and play!
a. Take a walk through fields and forest.
b. Spend time watching clouds float by
c. Stand outside on a cold day, feel the power of wind and weather.
- Explore Delaware’s culture
a. Visit the closest museum or state park to your home.
b. Explore areas where important events from Delaware’s history have occurred.
c. Hike the same path prisoners-of-war once travelled.
- Camp under the stars
a. Practice setting up a tent.
b. Use a sleeping bag or heavy blankets to sit outside and talk under the night sky.
c. Share a story around a campfire.
- Plant a seed
a. Look at flowers late in the summer and discover where seeds come from
b. Buy a small bag of seeds and try to grow a vegetable, flower or fruit
c. Plan, plant, grow and harvest a garden or visit a farm, orchard or pumpkin patch
- Play in the mud
a. Walk outside barefoot
b. Look for animal tracks and make some tracks of your own
c. Discover the affordable wonder of mixing water with dirt – have fun!
- Catch a fish
a. Find out what types of fish live in your area
b. Take a child to a tackle shop and learn about local fishing techniques
c. Visit a fishing hot spot and relax while enjoying the slower pace of fishing
- Climb a tree
a. Visit a local park to count how many different trees you see
b. Gather a pile of leaves and jump in
c. Climb a tree and get a better view
- Discover wildlife in your own neighborhood
a. Sit still for five minutes and make no sounds; see what animals come close by
b. Observe birds or insects and try to watch their patterns. They may be using shelter close to your home
c. Hike in an area where animals live. Look for holes, shade, corners, nooks and areas protected from predators
- Play in the waves.
a. Put your toes in the sand, build a sand castle or find a unique seashell.
b. Dash in the water up to your knees and … get wet!
c. Let the power of the waves push against you as you feel the pull of the ocean current.
- Try a new nature activity
a. Identity star constellations on a clear night
b. Listen to the different birds calling throughout the year
c. Choose to go outside and play rather than stay indoors