Teaching Toddlers: 11 Ways to Explore Nature

Teaching Toddlers: 11 Ways to Explore Nature

After five long months of winter we were getting super stir crazy indoors and feeling the need to get outside. Luckily, we had a beautiful week of spring weather in our forecast and because of that, we just couldn’t resist the urge to have nature week. We learned how to make use of objects around the yard, we found lots of different textures, and we explored the good, the gross, and the dirty!

You can check out what we did this week below and try the activities with your toddler. Be sure to click on the links for extra information!

Play Day: Today was really simple – we just got outside and had fun playing!

Play games outside. We played with a ball, some sticks, and G’s trucks.

Teaching Toddlers: All About Nature Teaching Toddlers: All About Nature

Visit your local park. This was our first park visit and it was awesome! My kiddo loved the slide and rock climbing wall.Teaching Toddlers: All About Nature


Texture Day: We enjoyed exploring the earth with our hands and finding new textures!

Impression Art: We had a great time finding the patterns of nature.

Teaching Toddlers: All About Nature

Look around the yard for soft, hard, bumpy, slimy, smooth, and squishy textures. Collect them all and talk about what you see and feel!

Teaching Toddlers: All About Nature


Art Day: Today was all about getting creative with nature!

Nature’s Paintbrushes: This activity was a huge hit and it’s a great way for your toddler to use his imagination + think outside the box.

Teaching Toddlers: All About Nature

We filled our felt board with the nature theme!

Teaching Toddlers: All About Nature


Water Day: It was all about bathtime play today!

Ocean Inspired Bath: We threw seashells and blue food coloring in our bath to create the feel of the ocean. G loved to scoop with the shells, explore their texture, and see how many he could get to float!

Teaching Toddlers: All About Nature

It’s Raining: We used cups with holes in the bottom to scoop water and watch it pour out like rain. If you can’t find anything like this to purchase, try drilling holes in the bottom of other plastic containers!

Teaching Toddlers: All About Nature


Exploring Day: We got down and dirty with all things nature!

Scavenger Hunt: We came up with a nature hunt and ran around the yard trying to find said objects. Along the way we dug in the dirt, ran through the trees, and really got hands on with the environment around us.

Teaching Toddlers: All About Nature

Nature Sensory Bag: We found lots of soft objects for this one! Squishing and moving everything around proved to be quite entertaining.

Teaching Toddlers: All About Nature

Nature Sensory Bottle: This turned out to be a wonderful shaker instrument as well as a fun bottle to explore for G.

What a fun week FILLED with brand new activities. We had a great time outdoors and cannot wait for this weather to become permanent again! Be sure to follow us on pinterest for more awesome projects, ideas, and activities for you and your little one!

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