for your own nature or pond play
1 Scope out nearby natural spaces. Our local lake and river are so underused we are often the only explorers there. State parks, arboretums, public beaches, town parks with trails, and public lakes and river accesses are all places to consider.
2 Bring a picnic (see our quick picnic ideas). No matter what time of day it is. Even a packed snack is a fun way to sit for a quiet moment together. Our picnic on this pond trek was a sunrise breakfast of homemade muffins baked by our 9-year-old.
3 Pack an extra snack. Our adventures often keep us longer than we expect when we're enjoying our nature activities, projects and each other. A trail mix kept smiles on our faces so we could continue our fun pond exploration.
4 Bring twine and scissors to make simple toy rafts, play nature nets and pretend fishing rods like we did. Our oldest daughter didn't catch any fish, but she could have—she tied tackle and a hook onto her homemade fishing rod line. Our youngest trailed his twig raft behind him wherever he went.
We brought home smiles, shared memories, and a sunny disposition. And we didn't even have to pack that. ©heather cahoon • wordplayhouse®
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