Looking for adventure this summer and opportunities to explore with your child right in your own back yard? There are tons of ideas and suggestions on the internet. Here are just a few of my favorite sites.
TryScience (www.tryscience.org) is a collaboration between science and technology centers. Try out suggested experiments at home, play online games, or view live feeds from webcams in science centers all over the world. Under the “Parents” section, download free family guides to science and nature destinations in your own city and state!
Peep and the Big Wide World™ (www.peepandthebigwideworld.com) is a preschool science cartoon based on a curious little bird named Peep. The website contains a different cartoon episode each day, games, recommended books, a free downloadable “Explorer’s Guide” and loads of fun, easy “Anywhere Science and Math Activities” that give you ideas based on themes or location.
Kids Gardening (www.kidsgardening.org), created by the National Gardening Association, offers everything you need to know to start gardening with your child. Here you can find what kind of gardening activities you can expect your child to accomplish at various ages, how to design and build a garden, tips on gardening safety, and recommendations on which plants are easy for children to grow.
Nature Rocks (www.naturerocks.org) provides local destinations for exploring nature as well as activity suggestions based on your location, age of child and how much time you have available.