Last week, I told the kids we were going to start doing nature walks again. They were very excited. We packed a picnic lunch and headed to a park that has some trails. We had a lovely day. They climbed rocks and noticed that leaves were all over the ground. When we looked up we saw a tree that was beginning to change colors. We tried to collect a variety of colored leaves, but ended up mostly with brown.
It was a warm, breezy day and we stopped to look at every plant and hill that caught their attention. We watched the ducks and geese splashing in the lake. We saw goose down feathers all over the banks of the lake. We watched a group of Canada geese take off from the middle of the lake and fly overhead in their V formation. X-man stooped to the ground to observe a little weed that was growing out of a crack in the paved walkway. He hypothesized that there must be dirt in the crack.
We followed the path as it curved around the lake and become a small, windy dirt path. I couldn’t get the stroller very far down this path, but we managed to get to the edge of the water. The kids were fascinated by the tiny little fish darting around in the shallow water at the edge. We all wondered what they were.
They explored the path a little as I enjoyed the quiet stillness of the water (interrupted slightly by the toddler’s frequent babbles of both delight and frustration- he wanted out of the stroller). X-man longed to take the path further, but the stroller would not go and Mama would not leave the stroller. Someday.
Princess K found a little stick that had cracks on the end and a brown leaf and made herself a fan. She gave a little tutorial to her brothers on How to Create a DIY Nature Fan and in no time at all, X-man had his very own Nature Fan.
Princess K declared as she fanned herself regally, “Now I have two fans. This one and God’s fan. You know, the wind.”
We walked back to the playground part of the park and Princess K pulled out the Nature Journal and pencil she had insisted on bringing and worked on a leaf drawing and rubbing as the boys played.
It was a peaceful and beautiful time. Well, as peaceful as an outing with four intrepid children gets.
This week, we had a blast completing our Fall Fun Grid– I’ll be sharing those adventures very soon.