The aurora borealis (northern lights) put on their dance about 60 miles above the earth’s surface when electrically charged particles collide with gasses in the atmosphere.
Don’t live far enough north? No worries. There are plenty of videos online that show the northern lights. Maybe you can watch them in a dark room at night to make it more interesting.
Winter brings special opportunities for creative expression. Nature herself creates a gallery of wonderwhen the temperatures dip below freezing and provides a canvas of white snow. It almost begs for us toget out thereandaddsome of our own personal creativity.
We know that outdoor play has a lot of benefits and plays a key role in neurological development. National 24-hour guidelines suggest a mix of vigorous and light physical activity, proper sleep, and reduction of sedentary activity. The benefits include better cognitive health, mental health, immune functions, social skill development and much more.
Let’s explore outdoor games and activities you can do with your family on a campout, in the backyard, at a local park, at the beach or at the pool. You will notice that some activities can be done in multiple locations.
There is a lot of science going on in your backyard or local park. As children learn more about the habitants of these spaces, the more they will appreciate nature and have a greater respect for all living creatures.
Let’s explore the wide world of plants, the magical discovery of birds, and the delicious rewards of a backyard wildlife habitat.