If you feel the same and are looking for activities to encourage your little kids to spend more time outside, PBS KIDS has you covered! You may have noticed that some of their shows such as Wild Kratts, Curious George, and Dinosaur Train have been featuring new nature-themed episodes.
They've also created a page on their site with lots of resources, activities, and tips for exploring the outdoors. Your kids can learn how to grow their own beans, go on a nature treasure hunt, put together their Wild Kratts wildlife journal, or even print up a sign for their own Nature Tracker's Club. I especially love the printable matching game from Wild Kratts where your child has to match the animal with the correct habitat.
You'll find these and many other activities on the PBS Parents site.
If your child loves Caillou, you might be happy to learn about Caillou's Ecology Club Series (aff) of books. From composting to saving water, it explores current environmental issues and empowers children to think about the environment and the impact they have upon it. And the best part is that the whole series of books is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with soy ink! They also have a wonderful DVD called "Caillou's Garden Adventures." (aff)
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