We used to do a lot of outdoor nature study….participating in a nature club, going on group hikes, attending nature center classes and activities. I’m not quite sure how it happened (oh yes, that surgery a couple of years ago!) but we hardly do those any more.
I have to admit that of the two of us (my son and myself), I was the one who was more interested in nature study. He was more interested in seeing his friends, or seeing animals outdoors! But we both loved our nature times, just for very different reasons.
However, today is your chance to access a huge list of nature study printables, activities, scavenger hunts, and both outdoor AND indoor nature projects for you and your children. There’s something on this list for everyone! And did I mention that it’s all free?
Visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog today for all of these incredible nature resources. I think you’ll be amazed at the cool things you’ll find that you can use with your family.
And, I don’t want to forget this incredible birds resource. It’s not from the Schoolhouse Review Crew, but I received the link to it from Homeschool Freebie of the Day. They send out a weekly list of fabulous free resources; one for each day of the school week, that includes everything from curriculum, to classic book readings, to materials for every subject you could possibly consider teaching.
Today’s Homeschool Freebie of the Day offering is an incredible bird coloring book from Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It is a free downloadable book that you can then print for your kids to color. It’s called the Common Birds Coloring Book with drawings by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, famous ornithologist and bird artist. It has both the common bird’s name and its Latin name, and you can look the birds up in bird manuals (or online) to discover their colors and markings. You can find this resource today at Homeschool Freebie of the Day.
In my opinion, you could copy this on stock card paper and use watercolors or acrylic paints to make it both a science lesson AND an art project!