Parenting challenge: Our list of activities for the month of nature exploration

Raluca Loteanu May 6, 2017
5 people like this post
If you want to encourage your child to explore nature in a playful way, here are 13 nature activities for young kids that are really nice and easy to try! | Nature activities for kids | Nature activities for toddlers | Nature activities for preschoolers | Montessori nature activities

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my whole disclosure here.

At the beginning of the year, I have started a parenting challenge to help me build a better relationship with my child, a choice that I am very glad about! I really enjoy it and I feel that following these monthly challenges allows me to focus more on my child and to do a lot of wonderful activities with him. The first month was dedicated to connection time, the second was focused on arts and crafts activities, the third was dedicated to books and stories. Now we just finished the month of music and dance and we prepare for our next challenge.

Before sharing our plan for this month, I will share with you the last month’s report to see how much of our last plan we managed to accomplish.

My report for April: How the “Music and dance” month went for us

I  must be honest and say that last month was the most difficult from this parenting challenge. Bogdan has started preschool and he spends two mornings of the week there, so our schedule has become more chaotic. I still want him to spend a lot of time outdoor, so the time we had left for our activities was really limited.

Still, we managed to do a lot of things from our list. We listened to classical music, we played with musical instruments and we danced. 🙂 We haven’t created any homemade musical instruments, but I hope to do this another time. Also, we haven’t visited a music museum for children because I haven’t found one near us. We plan some family trips this month and hopefully will find a music museum in one of our destinations.

What I’ve discovered about Bogdan this month is that he is interested in listening to music. On the other hand, dancing is not really his thing. 🙂 He enjoys movement because he is a very active boy but I don’t think that he has any real interest in dancing.musical instruments for young kids

My plan for May: The “Nature exploration” month of the parenting challenge

This month I’ve decided not to include any daily activities because I’m not sure that we will have time every day for them. Instead, I’ve divided the activities into bi-weekly and weekly activities.

Bi-weekly activities

– do activities from our Nature Activities List

GET ACCESS TO OUR EXCLUSIVE LIBRARY OF FREE PRINTABLE RESOURCES FOR MOMS!

  • 15+ printable resources: activities for kids, morning checklists, chore lists, planners, and much more
  • plus 12 months of ideas to help you build a happy relationship with your child

You can find the list here, I’ve gathered there 13 nice ideas that we plan to try this month. Besides nature walks that will be a weekly activity, we plan to try each of the other activities. I’m sure that you will also find some inspiration on our list.

– feed the squirrels, the birds or other small animals around our house

We meet squirrels almost daily but we never feed them, so I plan to change this. I’m sure that Bogdan will be happy to interact with them. I also want to build a bird feeder with Bogdan! We found some nice tutorials to guide us and they are really easy to make!

Bogdan also likes observing snails, so if we will have some rainy days this month, maybe will get the chance to feed them too!

Weekly activities

– a nature walk in a park or on a trail

We enjoy walking on trails and we have a lot of nice trails near us. We especially like the ones that are near the ocean. 🙂 Even if we do this often, I plan to be more intentional about our nature walks this month.

I plan to do nature scavenger hunts or color hunts to keep Bogdan engaged in the activity. I also want to use this walks for collecting supplies for other nature activities.

– read some books about nature (at the library)

There are a lot of books about plants, trees or nature in general, so we certainly find something that we like. We use to go to the library weekly, so it should be easy to include this on our schedule.

Other ideas

– day trip (or weekend trip) in a natural park

We plan to do a trip in a natural park to enjoy nature and spend a whole day outdoor. We haven’t decided yet about the destination, but we have plenty options to choose from.

– create a little garden at home

This is the most important project of the month. I plan to create a little garden on our terrace. I want to buy some plants, but also to plant some seeds. I want this garden to be Bogdan’s responsibility and to teach him to take care of it. I think that this will give him a nice opportunity to be more responsible and also to learn about the lifecycle of a plant.

[ Read also: 13 nice and easy nature activities for young kids ]


This is our plan for this month, I hope that Bogdan will enjoy it! If you like the idea of a month dedicated to nature exploration for your kids, I would be glad if you would join us!

At the end, I can only wish you a happy month, with a lot of wonderful activities with your children!

If you like to make interesting nature activities with your child, here is a list of things that we plan to do and that could be a good inspiration! | Parenting challenge nature | Nature activities for kids | Nature activities for toddlers | Nature activities for preschoolers

photo credit: Canva.com

If you like to make interesting nature activities with your child, here is a list of things that we plan to do and that could be a good inspiration! | Parenting challenge nature | Nature activities for kids | Nature activities for toddlers | Nature activities for preschoolers

  • 8
  • 1428

Sharing is Caring!

Raluca Loteanu

If you find yourself on this blog I invite you to discover us as the happy family we are, who look with optimism and joy at life. If you want to contact me, you can find me on email, I gladly respond to each message.

Leave your comment

Comments (8 people commented this post)

  • avatar image

    Amber Myers

    May 6, 2017 Reply
    These sound like some great ideas! I think over the summer we'll be checking out some nature parks. We also have some national parks I want to see.
  • avatar image

    Jasmine Eclipse

    May 6, 2017 Reply
    How fun! It's so great to get kids outside and interacting with their surroundings instead of watching TV or being on iPads and all that. I love this list of ideas!
    • avatar image

      Raluca Loteanu

      May 9, 2017 Reply
      Thank you, Jasmine! :-)
  • avatar image

    Krysti

    May 7, 2017 Reply
    Love all of your ideas and I bet many others can find inspiration from this list too!
    • avatar image

      Raluca Loteanu

      May 9, 2017 Reply
      Thank you, Krysti!
  • avatar image

    Blair villanueva

    May 8, 2017 Reply
    This is fun! Summer is the time for families to get bond and create beautiful memories :)
  • avatar image

    interNationalcaty

    May 8, 2017 Reply
    These sounds like great activities for the kids. It keeps them entertained as well as provide knowledge
  • Nature scavenger hunt for young kids [printable] - Playful Notes

    May 13, 2017 Reply
    […] month I have created a list of things to do that will allow us to focus on nature exploration. After gathering a lot of nature activity ideas, I’ve planned some nature walks to put some […]

Leave your comment

Comments (8 people commented this post)

  • avatar image

    Amber Myers

    May 6, 2017 Reply
    These sound like some great ideas! I think over the summer we'll be checking out some nature parks. We also have some national parks I want to see.
  • avatar image

    Jasmine Eclipse

    May 6, 2017 Reply
    How fun! It's so great to get kids outside and interacting with their surroundings instead of watching TV or being on iPads and all that. I love this list of ideas!
    • avatar image

      Raluca Loteanu

      May 9, 2017 Reply
      Thank you, Jasmine! :-)
  • avatar image

    Krysti

    May 7, 2017 Reply
    Love all of your ideas and I bet many others can find inspiration from this list too!
    • avatar image

      Raluca Loteanu

      May 9, 2017 Reply
      Thank you, Krysti!
  • avatar image

    Blair villanueva

    May 8, 2017 Reply
    This is fun! Summer is the time for families to get bond and create beautiful memories :)
  • avatar image

    interNationalcaty

    May 8, 2017 Reply
    These sounds like great activities for the kids. It keeps them entertained as well as provide knowledge
  • Nature scavenger hunt for young kids [printable] - Playful Notes

    May 13, 2017 Reply
    […] month I have created a list of things to do that will allow us to focus on nature exploration. After gathering a lot of nature activity ideas, I’ve planned some nature walks to put some […]