Winter is here and it’s time to get out and experience the beauty of snow covered Michigan. Snowshoe walks are a great way to get kids moving and learn something too.
Blandford staff is excited that we now offer snowshoe experiences for children.
We’re glad we had a group of willing participants, ready to put these new snowshoes to use. For three years, West Side Christian School has partnered with Blandford Nature Center to help create more opportunities to take student learning outdoors.
A Little Sprouts Outdoor Adventure, here we come!
We ventured into the nearby nature preserve to discover the wonder and activity in winter’s snowy landscape. It sure was exciting to witness these young people experience snowshoeing for the first time.
Since this was a first time experience, we came up with some tips to make the most of your preschooler’s first snowshoe adventure:
4. Add a sense of wonder: Hmm, I wonder what animals might be active during the winter? Will we see or hear any animals? What animal clues can we find?
5. Literacy Connection: Either before or after the hike, read the book, Over and Under the Snow. The book opens the reader’s eyes to the animal world over and under the snow. The characters in the story also head out to enjoy exploring the winter woods.
Besides the physical benefits of snowshoeing, for the purpose of developing gross motor skills, other valuable learning opportunities arise as your children encounter objects in nature or other subjects that captivate their attention.
If you do head out with your preschooler, we would love to hear about your adventures or pass along any other tips that you may have.