See & Hear Nature Challenge #7

Bright Sky

This week, Jane has us kicking it old school with The Cloud Game. Who doesn’t remember playing this as a child?!

Summer is the perfect time to dust off this long-time favorite. Use it as a way to rest during hikes or while running through the sprinkler. Younger children particularly are very intermittent movers — so having something fun to do while resting, like playing the cloud game, is the perfect way to keep the play going.

For a little extra fun, try DLTK’s Bluster the Cloud craft.

As your children get older, they can learn to identify clouds.

Let’s make this really fun and share pictures of the clouds that we spot. Email me pix and what you and your children decided they were, and I will post them next week.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Be sure to check out Jane’s siteTake a Walk Books! You can also follow her on Twitter @JaneKirkland.

Creative Commons License photo credit: VoisineN

See & Hear Nature Challenge #6

Hear kitty kitty kitty…Nah, I’m just kidding! Gray cat

My good friend Jane Kirkland is stopping by to help us all learn how to identify catbirds. While they may not be the showiest tweeter on the block, their calls are one of the easiest to learn to identify.

Children and other novice birders will delight in learning to identify species by their calls — and a catbird is the perfect place to start.

To learn more about this species, visit eNature.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Be sure to check out Jane’s siteTake a Walk Books! You can also follow her on Twitter @JaneKirkland.

Creative Commons License photo credit: ibm4381

See & Hear Nature Challenge #3

This week, Jane has us checking out one of the first birds that most children learn to recognize — the American Robin.

I vividly remember my grandmother (Nanny) reciting a nursery rhyme about robins as I watched them hunt in my front yard for juicy worms.

I loved to go out after it rained and watch the robins feast! (Apparently, I had no compassion for worms as a child!) ;-)

So, get out there and spot a robin having a snack.

Let me know if the early bird really does get the worm!

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Be sure to check out Jane’s site — Take a Walk Books! You can also follow her on Twitter @JaneKirkland.

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