Getting fresh air and moving around outside is a great mental health booster! Today's post is all about ways to get outdoors and breathe in that beautiful fresh air! Whether it's reading in your back yard, having a picnic in a secluded corner of the park, or sitting on your front stoop to soak up some sun, safely getting outside can really help keep us healthy right now.
No matter what type of environment you live in - urban, rural, seaside, these activities works for everyone! This is a two part activity, so it's perfect if you are really looking to fill up your day with some positive pursuits .
First, is a simple #ScavengerHunt. Write out a list of at least 10-15 things to find and collect in nature. They don't have to be super specific, but adjust as needed for your area. Here is our list for reference:
Find 5 small twigs of varying colors
Find one oddly shaped leaf
Find something that has fallen off of a tree
Find 2 different types of flowers
Find a weed
Find something that is made out of wood
Find something green
Find something brown
Find 3 smooth pebbles
Find one pinch of dirt or sand
Find something brittle and dried up
Find something that smells good
Find something beautiful
Find something you don't recognize
After you've collected all (or most) of these items, bring them back to your home and make a Nature Crown! We really love this activity because the results turn out so well no matter what you've collected!
Here is what you'll need to make your crown:
1 brown paper bag
Items you may want to decorate your crown:
First things first, make your crown. First, cut down one of the folds to reach the base of the bag and then cut out the base to make one big sheet of paper. Next, cut the width of the paper in half and wrap the strip around your head to measure how big or small you need the loop to be. Cut off the excess and secure with tape once you've reached the correct size.
Now it's time for the fun part...decorate! Use glue to attach the materials you found during the scavenger hunt - and tip, if something isn't stay glued on, coat some tissue paper with glue and use that like a piece of tape. It's a fun way to add some color while insure the heavier items stay put!
Once you've decorated to your liking, let your crown dry completely before wearing!
This full afternoon activity is not only a great way to get some fresh air, but it is a wonderful exploratory activity that gets kids curious about the outdoors and allows for some learning. Also, making (& wearing) the crown is just plain fun!