Embrace the Lure Of Technology
Instead of lamenting how much time your kids spend in front of their electronic screens (almost 8 hours a day, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation), why not incorporate screen time into green time?
Take photos of nature with your children. Capture ducks on a lake, ladybugs on a leaf, a muddy worm, weirdly-shaped trees or whatever intrigues them. As a final step, your kids can proudly post their images on a family website.
Next time you have a treasure hunt, have your hunters take pictures of their findings instead of collecting items. Make it challenging! Here are some suggestions: a hole or nest in a tree, fungus on a rock, squirrels chasing each other, a spider web with spider (and prey?) inside and a tree that’s shorter than the hunter.
Redwood City’s Judy Molland is the author of Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future (Free Spirit, 2009) and Straight Talk About Schools Today (Free Spirit, 2007).