This week's Summer Challenge theme is nuts. Nuts about Nature, that is! Whether you are heading to the mountains for a week of camping or simply exploring your back yard, there's a lot to appreciate about the natural world all around you. We encourage you to read some nature-themed books and then head outside to explore.
Ideas for books to read:
- Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Jill Dubin. A charming book about exploring the forest, patterned after the song Over in the Meadow.
- A Nest is Noisy by Diana Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long. Lovely illustrations and a simple, informative text about various kinds of nest. Read the sidebars for more detailed information.
- Bear Island by Matthew Cordell. A story about a young girl grieving the loss of a pet, who finds solace and healing in nature.
Ideas for things to discuss:
- What is something new you learned from reading this book?
- Do you enjoy exploring nature? Why or why not?
- What are some ways you can help take care of the environment?
- Have you ever seen a deer while out walking? What other kinds of creatures have you spotted while out exploring the natural world?
Ideas for things to do:
- Go for a walk on a nature trail. Take note of the different critters you see.
- Participate in a neighborhood or park clean-up. Maybe organize one yourself!
- Head out to the backyard with a magnifying glass. Take a close look at bugs, plants, fallen feathers--anything you find!
- Visit a zoo or nature preserve.
- Watch a nature documentary.
- Get creative! Make leaf rubbings or a nature collage.