FC: The World of the Outdoors | By Mark Wagner
1: For the adventurous...
2: Introduction | When someone goes into the refrigerator for food, the food ultimately came as a product of its environment. When someone breathes in and expects to inhale fresh air, they are relying on our environment. If children lose the love for our only environment, humanity and all of the other life systems will soon cease to exist. Children can learn curiosity from the outdoors, the new plants and new seasons and how it all works together. It also provides the means for unstructured play, where children can learn to be creative and do things on their own. The natural environment can provide means for parents to teach their children ethics, what is good to do, and what is not good to do. This book is here to teach the importance of all of these topics. This book is made to teach the importance of the outdoors and how to enjoy it and stay active in it.
3: . | By providing ideas for your family to be active in the outdoors, you will be able to be healthy and gain an appreciation for the environment yourself. While participating in these activities with your child, they can learn the importance of nature, and strengthen their bond with you, the parent, as their active partner. As you are active in the environment with your child, they will learn to trust you and value their surroundings. Giving them responsibilities to care for, your child will learn commitment and initiative as they do what needs done without you instructing them to do so. The praise and pride of a job well done develops an attachment to their parent that is difficult to sever. While being active in the outdoors with your child, they can learn to empathize with the animals at the end of the life cycle, and gain an attachment to the outdoors when seeing it respond after a long winter with the new life of spring. This is the purpose of this book, which I hope it drives home throughout it
4: Old Reliance Park: Contains Monkey Bars, sand box, basketball court, slides, jungle gym, swings, open fields, and woods Powderhorn Drive, Middletown, PA
5: Fun Activities: #1- Classify Leaves | Go out to your yard and search for some different sizes and shapes of leaves. Go back inside and find out what tree they are from using a field guide or computer.
6: #2- Build a Fort | Building a fort is a great way to work together and have fun at the same time. Teepees, treehouses, or even forts on vacant lots can be lots of fun to build and play in. Use anything from branches, leaves, and moss to snow (season pending).
7: #3- Visit Root's | Visiting Root’s Market and Auction can be a blast. Try some homemade food and listen to the auction taking place, located at 705 Graystone Rd, Manheim. Here, you can find bakery goods, Amish cooking, collectibles, flowers, or deli goods. Check their website (rootsmarket.com) for special events and times.
8: Go outside and collect three leaves of various sizes. Place them on a table with a piece of paper over top and color on the paper with a crayon. Send the project to a friend or keep it to share. If needed, try taping the leaf and paper to the table so they do not shift positions (ask your parents first). | #4- Leaf Rubbings
9: #5- Milk | Try some milk. Milk is great for your bones and muscles and include other necessary nutrients that a complete vegetarian diet could not supply. It fills you up as well when a small snack is needed. Drink it in cereal, plain, or flavored chocolate or strawberry. Try all varieties of milk: whole, 2%, 1%, and skim, finding the right one for you. If you are feeling creative, try mixing different proportions of ice cream, milk, flavorings, or mix ins (such as sweet fruit) in a blender for a homemade milkshake.
10: Visit the Hands on House where you can get your face painted, race cars, and go through an assembly line. Outside the building sits a garden to walk through and look at the flowers. Visit them at 721 Landis Valley Rd, Lancaster between 11-4 during normal hours, or check their web site (handsonhouse.org). | #6- The Hands on House
11: #7- Play Stickball | Go outside to a large vacant lot or open field with nothing more than a broomstick, very bouncy ball, and some friends. This game is very flexible rule wise, being able to be played very much like baseball. Ask your parent to help you look up versions of rules online.
12: Race sticks under a bridge. For extra success, you may want to check for fast moving water areas without obstructions before starting. | #8- Race Sticks
13: Safety First! | If an electrical storm would arise while outdoors, seek shelter in a permanent structure. Do not stay under trees or other small units. Use appropriate bug repellent to reduce the risk of insect bites. Know that you are responsible for the child's safety even if lifeguards are on duty while swimming. Encourage helmet wearing while riding bicycles. Even if guardrails or gates appear sturdy, do not allow children near the water area without you. When outdoors, check children's' shoelaces for falling hazards. | When crossing streets, be sure to hold children's hands and cross only on the crosswalk when safe. Watch out for poisonous or thorny plants. Check for low tree branches that a child could run into or bump their heads on. | Be sure to supervise children while on play equipment at all times. Use sunscreen of at least 15-30spf especially through the prime sun exposure time period of 10am-4pm
14: Great Reads! | Robinson Crusoe: | Robinson Crusoe is a young boy who longs to sail with the many ships he sees in the port near his home. After he finally gets his wish, he must learn to live on his own, making for a great example of a survival book. While reading this book, consider: 1. What else did Robinson have to fear other than the footprint found in chapter 35? 2. What kind of sailor do you think Robinson would have made when he first took off in the beginning of the book?
15: Works Cited: | Wet Leaf Pile- Holly Kuchera The best chocolate milk, ever-Maria Pontikis handmade homemade fort- caitlin nobile DSC00995_1- Moozlehome Deli Meats- Arbyreed leaf rubbings1- Jimmie A Glass of Milk a Day...- Blixt A. Cinnamon Chai Strapple Latte by norwichnuts- Janet Hudson racing car- Tony Roberts Boys Playing Stickball, Havana, Cuba, 1999- Cliff Bridge Across Williams Creek- Theresa Wysocki Wabascon Creek- Joel Dinda File: General Warning Sign- South Africa- Wikimedia