Take it Outside

123 Let’s Go See

Turn off the screens—the television, the computer, the video games. Take time from work, from chores, from the day to day tasks that keep us busy. Adults and children take it outside. Each week I will challenge you to see and hear new things—to hunt the woods for wildflowers, to find shapes in nature, to sit by the waterside and listen for unique sounds. So much to experience out in the world.

1 fern

1 fern

This week’s challenge: Numbers, can you find them? Look for 5 points on a leaf, 3 leaves on a stem, 1 stick poking out of a pond, 2 mushrooms together on 1 stump. Once you start looking for numbers of things you will see them every where. While I was hiking with my kids I noticed 1 shiny leaf, then I saw 2 giant leaves. Aurora was ahead of me on the trail so I called up to her that I was looking for 3’s. She asked me to explain what I was doing. When I did she was hooked, as were the other children. The other parents even started looking for qualifying items. To make the search more challenging, start with 1 of something and work your way up to 5 or even 10. Here’s what we came up with on an afternoon hike in New Hampshire.

2 leaves

3 leaved plant4 leaved plant5 leaved plant

mushrooms

mushroom, mushroom, mushroom

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