Not only is spending outdoors with family refreshing, but its also beneficial for the littles. In fact, “…Many of the fundamental tasks that children must achieve, such as, exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and the absorption of vast amounts of basic knowledge, can be most effectively learned though outdoor play, according to UMKC School of Education’s Edgar and Rheta Berkley.
An easy way to spice up your outdoor activities is to focus on a theme. Learning about farms through outdoor activities is an easy way to get creative while creating fun learning experiences for kids..
Here are 10 outdoor activities for learning about farms right at home, all while reaping the benefits of outdoor play.
1. Chalk Designs
Chalk up pictures inspired by scenes from the farm or practice drawing animals. Dip chalk in water to make chalk paint and give your artwork a different look. Dip chalk in water to make chalk paint and give your artwork a different look.
Gardening is tons of fun for the whole family! Have your kiddo help pick weeds, children are eager and happy to help. Otherwise the process of planting new flowers or seeds is fun, rewarding, and a great learning experience.
3. Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
An outdoor scavenger hunt is exciting and a great way to observe our outdoor environment. Make your own scavenger hunt to search for things that you might see at the farm.
4. Paint Outdoors
On a patio or shaded area, try setting up some paints for your child. Ask them to show what they think a farmer does, or what kind or animals they would see in a barn.
5. Dig a Hole
Sometimes setting up an activity outside is quite simple. Grab a child friendly shovel and show them an appropriate place in your yard to dig in the dirt. He can use his imagination and pretend he is getting ready to plant a crop or see how deep he can make his hole.
6. Make a Mud Pie
Speaking of dirt, give your child a pie tin (disposable if possible). Have them add dirt, grass, leaves, rocks or whatever they find in nature. With a little imagination your child can have endless fun.
7. Fruit Picking Trip
This one may take a little planning, but is a great experience for everyone in the family. Find a place nearby that has U-pick fruit. The process of picking fruits from a plant is exciting, makes great photo opportunities, and a delicious treat!
8. “Bug” Hunt
The act of searching for lizards, dragon flies or bugs can be quite the adventure! Use an empty container or LR’s Bug Jar to get a closer look and talk about your findings.
So, there you have it, fun farm outdoor activities that will bring learning outdoors and reenergize you and the family.