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Who Am I? What Am I? 20 Questions…

Take turns thinking of people, places or even objects and then having the group ask yes or no questions to figure out who or what you are. This is the perfect activity for a hike or even just sitting outside.

Comments: 8 Post date: Monday, August 24, 2009 - 9:37pm
4 points
Nature, Meet My Child

Have your son or daughter "meet a tree" with their eyes closed or blindfolded. Have them feel and smell the tree and tell you what they noticed. If they're nervous, you can guide them and help them touch the tree. Extend this activity by holding your child's hand an taking a walk around a park or the yard blindfolded. Look out for things that are safe but might be interesting to touch or feel.

Comments: 36 Post date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 3:09am
18 points
Backyard Camp-out Staycation

Spend a weekend away in your own backyard. You don't need a big place for a big adventure. All you'll need is a tent and your family to join you. Pitch the tent, bring some flashlights, ghost stories and enjoy the time away from the world and with your kids. Have the adults or older kids be prepared to tell some ghost stories in advance to add a real sense of the outdoors.

Comments: 2 Post date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 8:57am
5 points
Silent Sharing Walk

Take a walk outside with your kids. Suggest they look and listen for interesting things as you walk. Point out and share cool rocks, big trees, scary spiders and more without talking.

Comments: 42 Post date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 12:40pm
4 points
Family Nature ClubFamily Nature Clubs are informal DIY grassroots clubs setup by parents, to organize outings for children to experience the wonder of nature. A simple, low cost alternative to video games and tv. The Children & Nature Network offers family nature club toolkits, advice, and web resources to help you setup a family nature club. Visit their family nature club page at: http://www.childrenandnature.org/movement/natureclubs Get out there! Any Central Texas nature clubs should post their information in this article (or in comments) to allow for parents to find you!Comments: 20 Post date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 3:54pm
5 points
Post Your Greenspace GemsShare your secret knowledge of the parks and green spaces of Central Texas. Is there a special view or overlook you always visit at a little known park? Is there a unusual rock that makes a great picnic table at your neighborhood greenspace? Is there a wonderful trail that too few now enjoy? Here is your chance to add to the collective knowledge. Post here at the Idea Tree, where user ideas seed the growing forest of knowledge. Include a photo or even a map! Others can add their comments or your idea could spark additional inspiration from others. Post date: Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 10:16am
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Mud ArtKids love to get dirty, and there is a creative way to do so! Collect different kinds of soils from different places. Potting soil is darker brown, while Texas clay is more red. Once you have these soils, just add water to create "mud paint." Using paint brushes and sponges you can paint on tile, paper, or concrete. The best thing is that it will wash off with just water! Now you aren't left with a mess, but rather a creative mud-made masterpiece. Post date: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 1:11pm
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Neighborhood Leaf Race!It is the perfect time of year in central Texas to collect the beautiful, colorful falling leaves. Take your family on a walk around the neighborhood. Bring a bag that you can collect fallen leaves in. Try and find all different kinds of leaves! When you get home observe the differences between the different leaves. Now try and identify them! This link will help: http://www.arborday.org/trees/whattree/?TrackingID=908 Now if you are still feeling creative you can make a cool autumn collage with all of the leaves that you collected. Post date: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:57pm

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