Guest Post: Do Your Grandchildren Have Green Thumbs?

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boyanddogLooking to bring your grandchildren outdoors this fall before the winter forces many people nationwide inside to escape the cold?

Here are some ways that you can encourage outdoor activities and teach them about the importance of protecting the environment:

Have a Scavenger Hunt

Before the grandchildren come over, organize an outdoor scavenger hunt for them to enjoy.

Use your camera to photograph some elements from the back garden. Focus in on smaller things that are harder to spot.

These will be the things that your grandchildren have to find. Ideas include a certain type of tree leaf, a bird feather, or a certain rock or pebble.

Print out the images and give them to the grandkids. Instruct them to find the things and bring back a sample.

At the end of the hunt, tell them to return the items to their rightful place in nature.

As the following article looks at, there are more than 5 ways to enjoy outdoor time with your grandchildren this fall.

These are just some of them that will make fall time special for you and your grandkids.

Do Yard Work

There’s plenty of joy to be had in doing yard work. There’s a satisfaction in working with your hands while outside breathing the brisk autumn air.

Instead of feeling that your grandchildren need to be entertained every minute of the day while they are visiting, have them help you get some yard work done.

Let them help you rake the leaves, stack the wood or clean up around the bottom of the shrubbery.

The key to a happy day, though, is not to expect perfection. Kids will be kids, and you won’t get the level of work that you would from an adult.

Don’t be dismayed if they don’t do a great job. Just be glad they are spending time with you outdoors.

Plan for Spring

A certain amount of preparation is needed if you are to have a garden in the following year.

You can teach your grandchildren about growing things by having them help you plan for spring.

Visit the vegetable patch and teach them about how the earth needs to be turned over in the spring to help things grow.

Tell them all about how soil nutrients, and how you can’t grow some things in certain climates.

Get your grandchildren excited about the possibilities for spring by building a trellis together. A trellis can be used to train a vine against the side of the house or barn, and it’s very easy to make.

Harvest the fall vegetables that are ready in your garden.

Give each child a basket and show them how to gather the fall vegetables without damaging the plants. Later on, you can make a recipe using the vegetables harvested that day.

When you spend time with your grandchildren outside, exploring the back garden or taking a walk in the woods, you are showing them that there is an interesting world waiting for them just outside the door.

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About the Author: Kate Supino is an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves to share ideas for enjoying nature.

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