Winter days make for long days with the kids. Especially when you are indoors for most of it! So whenever we get a Chinook head through we try to take advantage of it. This time we headed out to a park to discover and explore. The kids get so excited about this. We start by making a plan (my daughter loves this part of it!). We plan what we want to eat and what we want to take. I packed a small lunch of sandwiches, yogurt (I took the tubes to minimize cutlery and mess), fruit and a small thermos of hot chocolate. We made sure to pack binoculars, camera, a bag for each kid (my daughter has a hiking backpack we picked up at MEC and my son has a saddle bag I made for him) and a pen and paper. Once we were dressed for the weather we headed out. We chose Griffith Woods near our house since it’s in the woods but you could easily do this in pretty much any park in the city.
The kids led the way along the path (I like that Griffith Woods has a trail to follow but some choices – no worries about getting lost!). They chose the path to take whenever we came to a map and a new path. We stopped and listed to the birds and squirrels and draw some pictures with out notepad and pen. My daughter has a Little Tikes camera that she used to take some pictures of things she found along the way like this plant (the quality on this camera is surprisingly good for a kids play camera!):
We used the binoculars to try to find the birds and squirrels in the trees.
I took pictures along the way of different things we saw like bark, berries, tracks in the snow etc…
When we got home I printed off some of the pictures on the printer at home (you could get some printed at a photo centre and do this part later). We then make a scrapbook of our photos and my daughter added words to describe what she saw. This is now her “Discovery Book” that she plans to take to parks to see if she can find the same things next time.
Danielle is mom to a 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son and always looking for fun things to do with the kids. She blogs over at fourdayshome.