1. Grow an Organic Garden Indoors
Nothing says spring like new life growing up from the earth. Even though spring is several cold months away, you can enjoy the season a little early inside your home. Growing an organic garden indoors can be as simple as planting herbs in small reusable pots in your kitchen window, or sprouting bean seeds or cold crops in a miniature window greenhouse. Children will delight in first planting the seeds, then watching as the seeds sprout and begin to grow into seedlings. Then, when spring does arrive, they can help plant their seedlings in the family garden.
2. Send them on a Nature Scavenger Hunt
All children love a scavenger hunt. There is just something fun about finding hidden objects. Add a little nature to your scavenger hunt by making a list of items from nature that will be harder to find when snow is covering the ground. Your list could include; a leave, blade of grass, a flower petal, a spoonful of dirt, a berry, a rock, a stick or anything that they could find in your backyard with a little searching and digging. For added interest you could hide a few household objects as well such as an empty milk jug, or a rubber duck.
3. Sleepover at the Museum
A night at the museum isn’t just for the movies. Did you know that many museums around the country have events where children can spend the night? The children arrive at the museum after dinner and enjoy a tour of the museum, usually followed by a related movie, popcorn and then a sleepover under the exhibits. You can increase the fun by having your child get into character. For example, if your child is spending the night at a natural history museum, they may want to dress up as a prehistoric creature. Check with your local museums to find an upcoming event.
4. Go Geocaching
Have you heard of geocaching? Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a GPS receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”). Think of it as a type of treasure hunting — you follow the coordinates to a box of small mystery prizes, which children can not resist. Geocaching is even more fun in wintertime, because the caches are harder to find. Check with your local nature and community centers — many will offer geocaching activities.
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