You don’t have to go far to find good family fun. Challenge your family to take a nature hike in your own neighborhood.
It’s great physical activity and can provide a learning experience as well. As you walk, collect leaves from a few different types of trees and identify them when you get home with the help of the Maryland At A Glance website.
Also have the kids hunt for wildflowers and identify them as well with the help of the U.S. Wildflower website.
If the kids need to be enticed to go on the walk, come up with a scavenger hunt to make it more exciting. Make a list of various items from nature they might find on the hike and have them check them off as they find them. You could make this a competition or work together as a family. Items on the list could include such things as:
- twig in the shape of a Y
- locust shell
- leaf bigger than your hand
You can collect items or take pictures along the way and identify them back at home.
For more family fun ideas visit our 100 Days of Summer page.