Take it Outside

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.

Look for Large

Elliot finds a hugh treeThis week’s challenge: Look in nature for all things large, big, huge, enormous, gigantic. Talk about scale and size. Compare the size of a big tree to an adult and then to a child. Play with the words—what’s the difference between humongous and gigantic? Find big rocks, leaves, mushrooms, sticks, ponds, rivers, hills, etc. and then label them with large words—enormous, big, huge, gargantuan, humongous, jumbo, tremendous, large, massive, gigantic, towering. I always marvel at the bigness of the sky, particularly the bright blue skies of autumn. They always help me gain perspective.

The earth weighs about 13227735730800000000000000 pounds or about 6000000000000000000000000 kilograms. Its diameter is 7,926 miles. The circumference of the earth at the equator is 24,901.55 miles or 40,075.16 kilometers. Now that’s tremendous!elliot with big leaf

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