This year we and our long-time partners at PBS KIDS are bringing you content to help you celebrate the planet. We will share nature-promoting downloadable content, activities, how-to video shorts, and relevant parenting tips.

NATURE OBSERVATION

As the weather changes and flowers bloom, there is nothing like being outside on a Spring day! Encourage your young ones to explore outside and learn more about the amazing world around them.

6 Ways to Explore Nature with Preschoolers

Preschoolers are naturally curious, and getting outside with them and exploring nature is a perfect way to learn about science and how to question in an age-appropriate way.

Wild Kratts® Nature Journal

Keeping a wildlife journal is a great way to build observation and writing skills. You don’t have to go far – nature is right outside your window or door!

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Use Nature to Explore Scientific Thinking

As parents and caregivers, we don’t need special training in science or engineering to help our child develop inquiry skills. Young kids love to experiment, explore, and figure out how the world works – and that is the heart of thinking like a scientist!

Spring Picture Books

Spring is in the air! It’s a great time to think about gardening, especially with children. There are many wonderful picture books to introduce young readers to gardening. These books, great for toddlers to new readers, help them spot signs of spring, learn all about seeds, dream up their best spring gardens, and get inspired to plant.

YOU CAN GROW IT!

Growing plants is great for a budding brain. Gardening not only teaches kids about nature, but growing edible plants can promote healthy eating. Check out these awesome ways to sprout your kid’s curiosity!

Gardening with Kids: How It Affects Your Child's Brain, Body and Soul

For parents struggling to find ways to encourage their kids to eat a healthy diet, gardening can be an important tool. Don’t let the idea overwhelm you. Gardening doesn’t require a perfectly level, large or sunny backyard; a few containers and soil in a sunny spot can be a perfect place to grow some herbs or some sweet cherry tomatoes. And, the much bigger return is how planting a garden can affect not only your child’s body but also their brain and soul.

A Good Time for Home Gardening with Kids

For parents struggling to find ways to encourage their kids to eat a healthy diet, gardening can be an important tool. Don’t let the idea overwhelm you. Gardening doesn’t require a perfectly level, large or sunny backyard; a few containers and soil in a sunny spot can be a perfect place to grow some herbs or some sweet cherry tomatoes. And, the much bigger return is how planting a garden can affect not only your child’s body but also their brain and soul.

Plant a Terrarium

Plants in the wilderness need light, water, and soil to grow. You and your child can create a self-sufficient terrarium in your home. A terrarium is a micro-environment: moisture evaporates, then condensates and falls back down (just like rain) in an enclosed glass container. Bring the great outdoors inside!

DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT

Download and print off these fun nature-themed activities from our Kids Club!

Hidden Pictures

Find the hidden pictures in this buzzing image of a beekeeper and her apiary!

Garden Coloring Set

Express your creativity by coloring in this picture of a vegetable garden. There's even a space to draw your own garden!

DIY Seed Packet

Print, color and create your own seed packets! Use for seed swaps with friends or store your seeds for future planting.

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