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Old 12-03-2013, 07:14 PM   #1
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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I've seen billboards around here that encourage you to take the kids outdoors. A couple of my favorite simply say "unplug" and there's a picture of a child's hands holding a video game, and next to it is a picture of the same hands, in the same pose, holding either a turtle or a frog.
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I've seen billboards around here that encourage you to take the kids outdoors. A couple of my favorite simply say "unplug" and there's a picture of a child's hands holding a video game, and next to it is a picture of the same hands, in the same pose, holding either a turtle or a frog.
Very cool, biigblueeyes. If you get any photos of the billboards, I'd love to see them.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:02 PM   #4
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Or better yet, take them out into the wilds and let them find their own stick! My personal favorite for this would include venturing into areas where beaver are common, and finding one of their nicely chiseled sticks which also happen to make a nice walking stick.

If I were to make a list of great ~wild outdoors~ xmas gifts for kids, it would include (in no particular order):

1. tent
2. pair of binoculars
3. fishing pole
4. minnow seine and/or aquatic sweep net
5. magnifying glass
6. microscope
7. gardening tools, a plot of ground, and seeds
8. a bare root host plant for a locally common butterfly
9. a butterfly rearing kit
10. a treehouse

I am sure we WGers can expand on this list infinitely!

I have a nephew who is 4 years old and my husband and I love introducing him to all things to do with nature and science. I am proud to report that after spending the week of Thanksgiving with him, he now voluntarily chants the order of the taxonomic ranks to a catchy little tune we made up
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:26 PM   #5
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he now voluntarily chants the order of the taxonomic ranks to a catchy little tune we made up
That's hardcore! I love it.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:46 AM   #6
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Plant titles that include Insects, Herps, Birds, or Animals in them may be "just" the lure needed to entice a child into exploring the plant world. Plants whose names contain objects they are already familiar with lead way to discussion and through you, discoveries and relationships are built!
A seed has been planted....
Hey kchd>>> I'm sure your chant would a valuable addition to the thread referenced above~~~just a thought.

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Hey kchd>>> I'm sure your chant would a valuable addition to the thread referenced above~~~just a thought.

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That would be a nice addition.
Matter of fact, I've a few more plants with interesting names to add to that thread.
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Well, it's really just chanting "Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species." to a tune he was taught in pre-school for singing the days of the week. LOL.
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I taught my children the multiplication table chanting to one of the ole army drills or was it a marching tune. It's the same tune I noticed Bill Murray used training his squad in the military comedy he stared in. Whatever works!
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