Here is a really unique book for our Get Out, Get Active Event. Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future . With summer coming on, how many of you are looking for ways to encourage your children to get outside? This book by Judy Molland has over 150 ways to encourage each other to get out and not only to get out but to build a greener future. This book would be great for any parent, grand-parent or home-schooling family! Nowadays children spend more time inside in front of the television, computer or playing video games and we are creating an overweight generation that no longer plays outside. I am sure most of you remember spending your summers outside playing in mud puddles, flying kites, riding bikes and playing games with the neighbors. This book will help your children experience that!
The Get Started section has ideas like Collecting Stones, Playing Camoflauge Tag, Identify Bird Songs and Bird Calls, Listen to Singing Frogs, etc.
"Idea 13: Find Squirrel Highways. Most squirrels stay in a relatively small area, usually about an acre, their whole lives. They know that area very well, including every branch of the trees they roam. If they didn't have the branches memorized, they couldn't skitter along them at the high speeds they sometimes do-when escaping a predator, for instance, or when a dominant male wants to intimidate a younger male. Watch the squrrels in your yard or at a park for a while and see if you can identify the squirrels' favorite routes-or "squirrel highways."
The next section is called Go Further. It has projects, plans and outings. Raising Butterflys, Adopting a Tree, Building a Bat House, Go Camping, etc. Camping is an activity that our family enjoys on a regular basis. We love to go on hikes and the children collect things that they find like bird nests, walking sticks, unique stones, and occasional bugs. We also enjoy camping at the beaches in Florida where the children like to gather shells, starfish and the occasional sea-horse.
Get Smart builds on the other two sections of the book, encouraging you to be green consumers and eaters. It encourages you to take the kids shopping and let them help you make green decisions. Together compare products and look for those that are the most enviromentally responsible. Teach them to make wise green decisions, by using recycled products, refillable, and to use re-usable bags at the stores.
Get Active has 33 things you and your kids can do beyond setting your recycling on the curb each week. To make the three R's an active hands-on experience. The three R's are Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. This covers Donating or Consigning Used Items, exchanging toys, re-use your shoes, Shoot for Shorter Showers(One my sons need to learn), and that is just a few.
And last but not least is Get Involved, Take a Green Stand. Find your cause, learn all you can, find strength in numbers, and get involved. Some of the choices include, Defend an endangered species, participate in an Earth Day, remodel your home the green way, write to leaders, and be heard online.
The back of the book includes resources of books and websites to help your child Get Out, Get into Nature and Build a Greener Future!
One reader At The Fence will receive a copy of Get Out!
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Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received Get Out! for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Get Out book. All thoughts and opinions are mine.