As a family we love getting outdoors and we try not to let bad weather stop us. Even so we still find it difficult sometimes to get out and about during the colder months. It can be hard to leave our nice warm house for long walks in the woods but I know that all four of us are much happier when we’ve spent some time outside. I think the key to getting out with little ones in the winter is try not to stray too far from home and to centre your time outside around an activity or two to distract from the cold or rain.
Learning Resources very kindly sent us a few pieces recently to use on our outdoor adventures and they were the perfect distraction on a damp December morning. All three products were aimed at preschoolers so we went out with activities for Lyra, our three year old, in mind but we were pleasantly surprised to see how much Athena, who is 18 months, got from them too! We started by splitting up and then trying to spot each other with the Kidnoculars. These were by far Athena’s favourite item and after being shown how to use them by her Daddy she was quickly off using them on her own.
Next we went hunting for bugs to go in our bug jar. We talked about what sort of environments different bugs might like to live in and after searching for a little while we found a beetle under a log. Lyra absolutely loved looking through the magnified top to examine the beetle and we talked about it’s appearance, counting it’s legs, and of course showed her little sister, before we returned it to it’s home and moved on to our next activity.
I have to say the next activity was our favourite. Matt and I shouted out different things for Lyra to find. Soft things, green things, spiky things. We have done several colour scavenger hunts with Lyra in the past with a printed sheet but since we were away from home (we’re visiting family) we had to make do with what we could think of off of the top of our heads. After collecting our treasures we went back inside to examine them all under the ‘My First Microscope’. It was so fun to see the objects that we had just seen in their natural environment in a completely new way. Lyra could see the petals on the daisy, the patterns on the stone, and the texture of the sticks.
Completing the activities definitely kept both girls happy in the cold weather much longer than usual and it was so fun to do something a little different. We also filmed Lyra opening and using the microscope so you can get a better idea of how easy it is to use.
I was kindly sent the products in this post however all words and opinions are completely my own.