Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

January 2, 2012

Going on a nature walk & There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves

For the holidays one of the great gifts my brother and his wife gave my daughter was this set of jumbo magnifiers from Discount School Supplies.

Kaitlyn was excited to use them so I took her and my 18 month old out on a “nature walk” around the neighborhood.  I took an empty 18 egg carton and painted different colors in each well (sorry, it was a rush so didn’t take any pictures).  We took that along with us, the magnifiers and a bucket and went seeking out things that were the color of each well.  I was amazed how much fun the kids had.  My 18 month old loved the magnifier and one thing I have to say about them is that they certainly are sturdy.  He fell down probably a dozen times and the thing never broke and he never let go of it.  The other thing that surprised me was that we weren’t able to find a single blue thing other than litter.  I guess maybe in the spring we might be able to find blue flowers.  Kaitlyn did have fun being silly by jumping in the air to try and pick some pieces of sky out of the air for her blue well. 🙂

When we got home the kids had a blast looking through all the things we picked up and comparing how they felt, the colors and textures.

We spent some time talking about how many different shapes of leaves there were and how they ranged in color from white, yellow, red, brown and green.

She has asked to go on another nature walk soon so I have to figure out what our next “hunt” will be for.  I can’t wait for spring when we can go searching for how many different types of flowers we can find.

On the book front related to leaves we have been reading There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves during bed time.

It’s a part of the same series as the old lady who swallowed a fly and a bell.  It was another fun read and Kaitlyn was laughing on our nature walk about how if we ate all the leaves we saw we would have a big ol’ belly like the lady in “that book”.