We all know that time spent outdoors is good for you. Sometimes in winter we need a little extra inspiration or motivation to get outside. I’ve created a January Nature Calendar with ideas for each day of the week to help you and your child interact with nature.
Print your January Nature Calendar out. Hang it on your fridge or get your son to make you a rustic picture hanger out of tree branches like mine did.
Don’t feel like you need to do everything on the day it’s listed. (That might be impossible depending on weather conditions.) Look at the calendar instead as a tool to inspire you to do more outside.
I focused a bit more on the moon phases than I have in some of my other calendars. I’m continually surprised about how little I know about the moon. Do you know if the moon is waxing or waning based on which side of the moon is visible? Do you know what time of night you can expect to see the newly reappearing new moon? If you don’t know, learn these things along with your child. One book I’ve enjoyed on this subject and have read again and again to my children is Moonfinder by Jay Ryan.
My inspiration for this calendar came from the book Natural Science through the Seasons. I moved the moon phases around, rearranged some of the other activities and observations, and added some of my own activities.
I used watercolors and these waterproof artist pens to draw the pictures.
What are some of your favorite ways to make the most out of winter?