Let’s Play I Spy: A Winter Nature Walk

January 13, 2011

Taking Children on an

Occasionally, winter in South Texas looks like this. However, these days are brief and rare. This photo was taken about this time last year. The children are still dreaming of a real Snowy Day.

Many winter days in South Texas are actually warm and sunny. Last week, we went on a homeschool winter nature walk. The day was sunny and in the mid 60’s.  Even though we don’t have a snowy winter, we still study how nature changes throughout the year.

Let’s Play In The Snow by Sam McBratney brings back two of our favorite characters: Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare. Their sweet relationship is enough to warm-up anyone on a cold winter day.  After reading Let’s Play In The Snow, we went on our own winter walk and played a little game of I spy just like Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare. Just a few of the things we spied on our walk . . .

Our warm weather certainly didn’t call for mittens, but Miss Enigma wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to wear her gloves.

One of our favorite “I Spy” observations were the tiny green ferns we found growing in between the rocks.

MacGyver was hoping to find a snake in the hollow roots of this tree trunk. Thank goodness he did not!

Each of the children carried their nature collection pouches. Seriously without a collection pouch, how would you carry a prized find like a bone?

Literacy / Science follow-up: After returning from our walk, we made a long list of the things we spied during our winter nature walk. In his journal, MacGyver did an “I spy” entry about our winter nature walk.  Since we have so many lovely photos from our walk, he is considering writing and publishing a book with real photos from our walk.

We ended our “I Spy” winter day by having a discussion on how our winters are different from those who live farther north.

This photo is just for MacGyver. The moss covered rock was his favorite item he found during our walk. Yes, it even beat out the bone!

I Spy On My Winter Nature WalkPrint this FREE Book: Let’s Play I Spy On My Winter Nature Walk

  • Using Little Nutbrown Hare as a guide, children can write their own I Spy Winter book.

I Spy Shapes On My Winter Walk

Print this FREE book: I Spy Shapes On My Winter Walk

  • Add a challenge to your Winter Nature Walk . . . search for shapes.
  • After your Winter Nature Walk, children can illustrate the shapes they found during their walk.

What will you find on a winter nature walk in your neck of the woods?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Deb January 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Nature pouches! That’s brilliant!

And might help with all the stuff I find in pockets…

Tara January 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I think a winter nature walk is a must now!! Thanks for the idea. We did walk down a dirt road recently and our boys loved watching ice and snow falling from trees and power lines. We are way down south and usually don’t see the kind of frigid weather we are having right now.

Debi January 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm

We went on a winter nature scavenger hunt last year & it was a great way to explore the subtle changes that take place during this season in our neck of the woods (Southern California). I love the idea of creating a book from the photos.

Anne January 14, 2011 at 1:45 am

Our winter weather is generally mild too, though our nights are frigid. We had a brief snow a couple weeks ago, which was so fun. We used all kinds of natural items (seed pods, pine needles,rocks, leaves) to decorate our snowman!

Robin January 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Winter nature walks will find left over corn crumbs where we feed the deer.. deer and raccoon tracks.

Anissa Telle January 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Right now we find snow covered paths in PA! It is actually exciting for my kids to identify what tracks match with which animal. They like to examine the snow and see if they can figure it out. Since they can do this right next door it is a fun and easy way to explore nature!

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