FC: Expedition in Nature | By: Taylor Kolish
1: Building trust between a parent and child is key in the proper development of the child. A great way to build trust is for a parent to do activities with their child outdoors. By playing outdoors, the child has the ability to explore their curiosity for nature and build their creativity. The parent and child have the chance to be active partners and form an attachment. It is important for children to develop an appreciation for the environment because in today’s society, where almost nobody is farther than a simple text message away, nature can be a great way to escape from all the chaos of reality and focus on the calmness and beauty of the outdoors. It is also important that children develop a connection to the environment so that they develop a better idea of what is ethical when it comes to the environment. For example, a child who has an appreciation for the environment will be less likely to pollute it with pesticides and litter because they understand that polluting and littering is wrong. I am hoping that my book can help children and their families stay active by suggesting some activities as a start for children and their families to become active partners. By being active together, the child and their family will grow a deeper form of attachment and bond together. The parents that are fully committed to spending time with their children to develop healthy bonds tend to be the ones that have stronger bonds and more trust between the children and parents. For anyone that wants their child to become a leader and develop initiative, unstructured play is a great way to develop those qualities. Going for a walk is a great unstructured play activity. The parent and child can be active partners together, and the time that the parent and child spend together will not only allow them to bond, but it will also allow the parent to become more empathetic to the emotions of their child. Similarly, trust will be gained and the parent will learn to be more responsive to the child. | Introduction
2: Safety Precautions | Sun Safety- -Always wear sunscreen when going outside, even if it is cloudy. -Try to avoid sun exposure by going outside before 10 am or after 4 pm. -Make sure the SPF on the sunscreen is at least 15. -Wear protective clothing such as hats and long sleeves as much as possible.
3: Park Safety- -Keep children away from curbs, parked cars, and hilly areas. -Inspect the park for trash, broken glass, or sharp objects that could hurt the child. -Don't dress children in clothing that could catch on playground equipment. Bites/Stings Safety- -Know what animals and insects are common to your area and how to avoid them. -Use insect repellent. -Have children wear preventative clothing such as shoes and long sleeve shirts. Fire Safety- -Stand at least three feet away from any campfires to avoid getting accidentally burnt.
4: Hoffer Park Mill Street, Middletown, PA 17057 | Hoffer Park, located in Middletown, Pennsylvania is a great family-friendly park for ALL AGES! | Hoffer Park
5: Some of the features of Hoffer Park include an enclosed pavilion, two shelters, a Kids Castle, various pieces of playground equipment, lighted basketball, tennis, and sand volleyball courts, skateboarding and roller blading area, picnic tables, charcoal grills, and green space!
6: Nature Scavenger Hunt! | Going on a nature scavenger hunt is a great way for a child to boost their creativity and have fun outdoors.
7: Items to look for: ____ Pine cone ____ Dandelion ____ A yellow leaf ____ A squirrel ____ A feather ____ A mushroom
8: Hummel Nature Trail | Located on West Main Street, Hummelstown, PA | The serene park located in Hummelstown, PA has a nature trail along the Swatara creek and tables for picnicking.
9: Honey Bear Orchards | 1819 Thompson Ave, Lebanon Pa 17046 | Honey Bear Orchards is a family-owned orchard in Lebanon, PA. Throughout the year fruits such as Peaches, Apples, Cherries, and Strawberries are available to pick and take home!
10: Homemade Applesauce | After picking some fresh apples from Honey Bear Orchards, you can go home and make your own homemade applesauce!
11: What you will need: -6 cups of apples, peeled, cored, and chopped. -3/4 cup of water -1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon -1/8 teaspoon ground cloves -1/3 cup white sugar Recipe: 1. In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine apples, water, cinnamon, and cloves. 2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. 3. Stir in sugar and simmer 5 more minutes.
12: Krieder Farms | Krieder Farms, located in Manheim, PA is a real working farm that sells products such as eggs, milk, ice cream, and more throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
13: Krieder Farms is now offering public tours that last approximately 90 minutes where the visitors are taken all around the farm. | 1461 Lancaster Rd, Manheim, PA 17545
14: Shady Oaks Campground | 32 Leaches Point Road Orland, ME 04472 | Shady Oaks Campground, located in Orland, Maine would be a wonderful place to stay a weekend enjoying the outdoors.
15: White Water Rafting | White water rafting is an action-packed and fun adventure for children ages 5+. The white water rafting takes place on the Lehigh river and along with the fun of the rapids, gives you a great opportunity to look at the beautiful nature surrounding the river. | 288 North Stagecoach Road Weatherly, PA 18255
16: The Generous Crow | Before you read: What do you think is happening in the photo?
17: Summary- Kaage the crow admired how all the other birds had special qualities about them. The koel had a beautiful singing voice, the peacock could dance, and the sparrow built beautiful nests. Kaage was sad that she didn't have a special quality, until she found a a pile of rice and called to the rest of her family to tell them. She then realized that she does have a special quality! Kaage, unlike many of the other birds, is generous. | After you read- How can you relate to Kaage? | This book and many others can be found on the International Children's Digital Library!
18: Hands on House | The Hands on House of Lancaster is an interactive children's museum where the fun is in the learning! At the Hands on House, children can learn through interactive exhibits centered around various themes. There is also a play garden outdoors for the children to enjoy. | 721 Landis Valley Road Lancaster, PA 17601
19: Works Cited Page- | Flickr~ Apple Harvest by John the Geologist Campfire by mynameisharsha Kurdistan Flowers, Nature, by Kurdistan Photo Fuji Applesauce by onlinepastrychef 2006-09-16 Lower Gauley River, WV - White Water Rafting 09 by QuiteLucid Cows by Megnut Sunscreen by Hacklock Pine Cone by DailydoseofJoshy Squirrel by Kenny (zoopict) Teo Dandelion- Acutance