Kids' Korner

Outdoors Is The Place To Be

 

Story and Drawings by Anne M. Dellinger, Contributing Columnist

Hay Seed and City Slicker are feeling the excitement of June. The chilly, fickle weather of spring is turning into the warm, steady breezes of almost-summer days. The garden projects started in March are showing off their colors around the yard and patio. The longer hours of daylight are stretching into the evening now and that means more time for thinking up some outdoor escapades. Whether in the back yard or traveling afar, the two little adventurers agree that outside is the only place they want to be.

Seed and Slicker believe that you, too, are probably ready to kick off your shoes and follow your imagination right out the door. So, they have put together a list of ideas for you to try out as soon as your bare feet touch the earth’s soft turf.

Before you begin, be sure to remove this page from the magazine and place in your notebook with previous KIDS’ KORNER articles. (This should be your eighth.) Read over the activities with an adult and gather the materials needed. Chances are, this grown-up will remember playing some of these same things as a child and will want to join you in the grass and dirt!

Grass Whistle

Materials:

A fat blade of fresh grass, 3-4 inches long

Place the blade of grass between the outer edges of both thumbs. Keep your thumbnails straight as you fold both hands together, knuckles touching. Be sure to keep the grass taut.

Blow into the small opening just below the knuckles of your thumbs. Be prepared for a very loud blast!

Backyard HideAway

Every explorer needs a special outdoor shelter.

It should be roomy enough to hold supplies, treasures, several friends, and maybe even a dog. When you want to be alone, it will be a cozy spot where journal entries can be made, books can be read and dreams can be dreamed.

A tree house is a great hideaway, but a big cardboard box, covered with a tarp for rain protection, a tent or a teepee will work fine.

Supplies for your hideaway could include:

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Blanket

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Journal and pencil

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Colored pencils (for sketching)

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Flashlight

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Favorite books

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A “looking tube” (paper towel cardboard tube)

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Small boxes for collecting (rocks, feathers, etc.)

Nighttime Happenings

Outside fun does not stop when the sun goes down.

Stretch out on a blanket and look for summer constellations and the Milky Way.

Watch the lightning bugs as they signal one another. Then, with a group of friends, play Flashlight Tag (there are several versions of this game available on the Internet).

Sidewalk Scrabble

Materials:

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Colored chalk

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Sidewalk or a large piece of cardboard

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Dictionary

Write a word in the middle of a large section of the sidewalk or cardboard.  Begin building new words from this base word, just like in a scrabble game. Be sure to allow several inches of space between the letters. Keep the dictionary handy to settle spelling disputes as the words spread across the surface.

Circle of Life

Materials:

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6-8 feet of string

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Magnifying glass

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Paper and pencil

Shape the string into a circle in thick grass several inches tall. (Freshly mown grass doesn’t work well.) Lie down on the ground and look into the circle from a bug’s eye-view. Using the magnifying glass, look deep into this miniature forest and record the small animals that you find there. An assortment of bugs, including ants and crickets, along with worms and snails will be waiting for you.

 

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