There are many ways to describe a leaf. The most common ways are to describe the type, arrangement, shape, margin, and venation. There are two types of leaves; simple and compound. Compound leafs are divided into leaflets and a simple leaf has a single blade. Leaf arrangements describe how the leaf is positioned on its stem. The leaf shape defines the overall shape (surprised?). The leaf margin is the shape of the leaf edges, and the leaf venation describes the pattern of the veins.
Jam went on a nature walk through his neighborhood. He tried to describe some of the leaves on the trees he passed. He described colors and sizes, but his favorite was the “star shape leaf”.
Go on a leaf scavenger hunt in your neighborhood.
Case study #4: Download the leaf scavenger hunt and have fun investigating.
Talk to your child about what they see while in route to a place they go often. Start by asking these questions.
Case #3: Investigate your path to school. Fill in the map by drawing the landmarks you see.
Go fishing. You might need a fishing license depending on your age and location.
Case #2: Download the fish crossword puzzle. Visit your local pet or fish store and try to solve the riddles. If you are not close to a store that sells fish go fishing for the answers online.
What are some other ways to meditate outdoors?
Visit a labyrinth near you http://labyrinthlocator.com/
If there isn’t one close, you can walk the lines on the basketball court, walk the perimeter of your yard or playground.
Case #1: Download the labyrinth activity sheet and "walk" with your finger or a crayon. Ask your child what good thing they would like to meditate on, and then ask them how they feel once they reach the end. I would love to know their response. Feel free to share below.
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Courtney McQueen is a landscape designer and children's book author from Columbia, MD