We have found some fun things while out exploring in our neighborhood, including:
a very tiny baby snake
some magnolia leaves
some pine cones
an armadillo den
loads of grasshoppers, lizards, birds, and other creepy crawlies
Today, while looking for some information on our little snaky resident, we found some great nature charts here...
We are looking forward to trying out the Nature Chart Game, the Fall Game, and the Nature Drawing Game. All of them appealed to the boys when I shared them with them.
Then, we found out that according to the Tampa Tribune, who got their information from the Associated Press:
More than 100 national parks (in the USA) that usually charge entrance fees will be offering free admission the weekend of Aug. 14-15. In addition, many national park concessionaires have special offers for the weekend with discounts and coupons for rooms, tours and products.
Parks participating in the free Aug. 14-15 weekend include Grand Canyon in Arizona, Yosemite in California, Rocky Mountain in Colorado, Volcanoes in Hawaii, Acadia in Maine, Glacier in Montana, Badlands in South Dakota, Arches, Bryce and Zion in Utah, Shenandoah in Virginia, Mount Rainier and Olympic in Washington, and Yellowstone, with entrances in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
So, if you live in the USA or if you are planning a visit to the USA over this coming weekend, you may want to try to fit going to one of the national parks offering free admission for this upcoming weekend.
Our family has some favorite parks that cost little or no money both here in Florida and in other states.
Here is a list of some of our family favorites:
Fort DeSoto Park
South Carolina State Parks
Hunting Island State Park
Pennsylvania State Parks
We love playing outside, whether we are playing at a nature preserve, park, playground, beach, or pool.
What does your family like to do outside?
Would love to hear the fun things that your family does outdoors...
Please leave a comment and your email and I will share a few of the activities (free pdf downloads) we do to bring the outdoors back in with us when Big Bro and Little Bro feel like writing about our time spent outside.
We have several themed vocabulary sheets that the boys can use when they want to write about something, including these three that relate to playing outside:
At the Beach, By the River, and At the Park
Please be sure to check out the neat
Kids Discover Nature 30 Day Challenge
...as well as the cool
We Play links over at Childhood 101.