winter nature study

You might think there’s not a lot to learn about outdoors in the winter, but for a curious second grader, nature is always full of fun!  Even without leaves on the trees and many of the animals and insects gone, a hike in the woods can still be educational.   A backyard exploration would be fun too!

Notice all the birds in the trees and figure out what kind they are, what they eat in the winter, and anything else you can find out.  Are there any migrating birds passing through?  How do birds and other animals keep warm in the winter?  You could talk about hibernation too!

You can explore the snowflakes that fall from the sky.  How are they formed?  How cold does it need to be to snow?  What about hail, sleet, freezing rain, and fog?  There are pictures online and in books of enlarged images of snowflakes, and these are beautiful to look and and admire the crystalline shapes.

Toward the beginning of spring, if you live in the right part of the country, it’s fun to learn about maple sugaring, how to tap the maple trees and make syrup from their sap.   You see, winter isn’t a dull topic at all!

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