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 . . .
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.
Print 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.
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?