Outdoor activity can nourish a child’s physical, social, and emotional development, while connecting them to the resources available in their backyard. Encounters with and growing knowledge of the natural world enhances academic performance and helps prepare our children for the opportunities and challenges ahead.
Take a walk through fields and forest. Spend time watching clouds float by. Stand outside on a cold day and feel the power of wind and weather.
Visit the nearest museum or state park. Explore areas where important events from Delaware’s history occurred. Hike the paths prisoners-of-war once traveled.
Practice setting up a tent. Use a sleeping bag or heavy blankets to sit outside and talk under the night sky. Share a story around a campfire.
Look at flowers late in the summer and discover where seeds come from. Buy a small bag of seeds and try to grow a vegetable, flower or fruit. Plan, plant, grow and harvest a garden or visit a farm, orchard or pumpkin patch.
Walk outside barefoot. Look for animal tracks and make some tracks of your own. Discover the affordable wonder of mixing water with dirt – have fun!
Find out what types of fish live in your area. Take a child to a tackle shop and learn about local fishing techniques. Visit a fishing hot spot and relax while enjoying the slower pace of fishing.
Visit a local park to count how many different trees you see. Gather a pile of leaves and jump in. Climb a tree and get a better view.
Sit still for five minutes. Make no sounds. See what animals come close by. Observe birds or insects and try to watch their patterns. They may be using shelter close to your home. Hike in an area where animals live. Look for holes, shade, corners, nooks and areas protected from predators.
Put your toes in the sand, build a sand castle or find a unique seashell. Dash into the water up to your knees and … get wet! Let the power of the waves push against you as you feel the pull of the ocean current.
Identity star constellations on a clear night. Listen to the different birds calling throughout the year. Choose to go outside and play rather than stay indoors.
Each month we will highlight an Outdoor Bill of Rights theme and spotlight connecting programs and initiatives around Delaware! Be sure to Like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date on the Outdoor Bill of Rights Campaign. If you are an organization with a program that fits with a specific theme during the upcoming months, please contact Angel Burns (302.739.9484).