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  • What scent is this?

    Gather four different objects with different scents, like grass, flowers etc. Place the object close to the child's nose with his or her eyes closed, and ask the child to smell it and try to identify what it is.

    Flowers and grass are particularly pungent. Take notes of the most weird or nice smells.

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  • Dodging the waves

    At the beach? Race along the seashore edge, dodging the waves as they roll in.

    When you're ready for a break, stand in the sand and let the waves wash over your feet. Watch them sink into the ground!

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  • Use a prism to catch a rainbow

    Every ray of light has a rainbow captured within it. With a prism you can bring them to life. Just put the prism in the light and watch what it reflects. What colours do you see?

    Ask your kids how many colours make up a rainbow. Help them identify the different stripes.

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  • Watch the sunset and sunrise

    Get together with your family and watch the sunset or sunrise. Look at all the different colours that appear. What colour does your child like the most? Where else do you see those colours in life?

    You don't need to plan ahead for this one. Let it be a spontaneous and special moment for you and your child.

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  • Animal sounds guessing game

    Take turns making animal sounds. Add some mystery to it by having your child guess what animal you're mimicking. Then take a turn being the guesser.

    If you're going to be at a park or away from home, bring a list of fun animals for ideas. Don't be afraid to be a kid for this one! You're children will love your participation in this wacky game.

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  • Guess what's inside! Nature's mystery bag

    Collect different types of leaves, grass, twigs and foliage that will fit in a sack. Have kids reach their hands inside (without looking!), hold onto something. Older kids will have fun guessing what they're touching.

    Collect the objects for the bag when your kids are occupied doing something else so it's a complete mystery for them.

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  • Use a prism to catch a rainbow

    Every ray of light has a rainbow captured within it. With a prism you can bring them to life. Just put the prism in the light and watch what it reflects. What colours do you see?

    Ask your kids how many colours make up a rainbow. Help them identify the different stripes.

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  • Guess what's inside! Nature's mystery bag

    Collect different types of leaves, grass, twigs and foliage that will fit in a sack. Have kids reach their hands inside (without looking!), hold onto something. Older kids will have fun guessing what they're touching.

    Collect the objects for the bag when your kids are occupied doing something else so it's a complete mystery for them.

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  • Pine branch paint brush

    Give your son or daughter a pine branch, with pine needles on it, instead of a paint brush. Cardboard makes an excellent canvas when using a pine branch brush. You could use red and green, or blue, for a holiday picture, or whatever colours they wish.

    Try this activity on a rainy day to bring some of the outside in. Lay some newspaper down on the table or floor to keep mess to a minimum, but hey, sometimes it's worth it.

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  • Rock painting master

    Rocks are the perfect blank canvas and become anything from people to animals and beyond. Put them in a basket or a bowl to share with people who visit.

    Some newspaper on the floor or table will help protect against the mess. Glitter really helps to liven this activity up! This is a perfect rainy day activity.

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  • Make a leaf collage

    Leaves can make beautiful art. Try making a collage with leaves. Lay out some cardstock or large paper and grab some glue. You can recreate some trees, your backyard, or just make anything you can imagine!

    Give everything a nice sheen by adding a varnish at the end. You can make collages for every season and put them together as an interesting art piece.

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  • Fun with worms

    Worms love to munch on kitchen stuff and kids love worms. With a worm bin you can toss in vegetable or fruit cuttings and they'll eat 'em up while your kids watch! All you'll need is a plastic bin and some moist newspaper scraps to get started. You can buy the worms at a local pet store or online.

    Red worms are the standard for this task. Lots of websites have more in depth details on worm bins. To make a great one, do a little research with your little one.

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