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Winter time is not always the easiest for us to get outside and enjoy nature. The only thing we have seen outside for about 2 months now is several feet of ice and snow. It has been a very cold and snowy winter for us. However, this year I have really been trying hard to get outside more often and explore some of the beauties that winter provides.
Here are a few ways we have enjoyed nature this winter…
Playing in It:
At the beginning, the snow is fun and exciting. I can hardly get the kids to come inside! We spent a lot of time outside building a snowman & attempting a snow fort. We also enjoyed sledding- the kids got new ones for Christmas this year. Snow angels are another favorite, of course!
We took our magnifying glass out and studied the snowflakes. We looked for animal tracks in the snow- we found deer and bird tracks. We studied the icicles forming around the side of the house and in the plants. We listened to the sounds of nature. We did a Winter Scavenger Hunt (found here).
Take pictures of some of the things you see outside that you find interesting. Come inside, where it is warm and draw them from the photographs. This way, you don’t have to sit outside in the cold to draw!
Walking in It:
Take a winter hike! Put on some snow boots (or snow shoes) and bundle up warm and cozy. Enjoy a nice hike and enjoy the winter scenery. Have some hot chocolate or cider when you come home.
Creating Art with It:
We love snow painting and have done this a few times. Fill up a spray bottle with water and a few drops of food coloring or paint.