But most of the time it is one of the boys that discovers the newest nature find. Emory found this "bug" under the trampoline...
...and Elliott found these wildflowers growing over the hill ...
...and picked one for Emory.
Some days it's about climbing trees...
...and other days it is about hiding underneath the tree.
Right now we don't have expensive or fancy equipment for nature study, but I do plan on investing in some quality equipment as Elliott is becoming more careful in handling them. Then his Dollar Tree specials can be passed down to the toddler.
Even though there is nothing more interesting to a preschooler than seeing and experiencing science first hand, I did buy a couple of inexpensive nature activity guides and a preschool science experiment book for inspiration to get us through the long winter months.
The Kid's Nature Book 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities & Experiences by Susan Milord
Fun With Nature Take-Along Guide
Nature for the Very Young: A Handbook of Indoor & Outdoor Activities by Marcia Bowden.
Science Play! by Jill Frankel Hauser is a science experiment/activity book geared for 2-6 year olds. This should actually take us through Pre-K and Kindergarten, and at the same time, Emory can follow along too.
I also managed to snag a half price subscription to Your Big Backyard, which is a nature magazine geared towards 4-7 year old children issued by the National Wildlife Federation. It has colorful pictures, age-appropriate information, games and activities, and even extension activities such as recipes, book recommendations and craft suggestions. We've received our first couple of issues, and so far they look like promising rainy day reads.
I don't want the books and magazines to be our science, just to supplement. For the next several years, I want focused, hands-on nature study to be the groundwork of our science curriculum. My hope, though, is that they might give me inspiration in guiding the boys to learn and discover, and again, provide opportunities for us to enjoy other aspects of nature when the weather doesn't allow outdoor play.