Take the children
on a scavenger hunt for nature items such as plants growing, insects
insects flying, a plant growing on a tree, a vine, a flower, bird
feathers, a root, a seed, etc.
Talk about stars.
Show the children stars by hammering holes into a
juice can lid and shining a flashlight through it.
Shine it all the wall.
Collect various pieces of camping equipment. Fill the water
table with water
and let the children test which objects sink or float. If desired,
make a chart.
Provide magnifying glasses for looking at objects seen on a camping
of pet stores carry feeder crickets.
Obtain a few for the children to observe.
(Frogs eat crickets)
Take the group to a park where camping is allowed. Let the child
each have a Wal~Mart or plastic
grocery bag. Bring a list of things that they thought up at circle time of
what they might see when
they went camping, things of nature. Have them find all or more nature
items on the list. When they
get back match the things they brought back with the list. Make a chart
with each child's name and
write what they brought back. Then you can count how many brought each
item back. Also add to
the list the children that brought more items. Then use the items to make
a camping collage.
We combine camping with
nature. In science we put an aquarium of real live earthworms.
You can get them at any bait store. At the bait store they have special
dirt that they will allow
them to live for a long time. The children love to hold them and explore
the feel and even the smell.
It is a wonderful science lesson, for not all children get the
opportunity to see, touch and play with "real" worms.