One of my favorite things to do ever since I was a child was to explore shores. Oceans, Lakes, and rivers all have shores and banks worthy of exploration. There are so many magical things to discover. From tide pools to river bugs, rocks to shells, wildlife to inanimate objects; you can always count on something interesting to investigate.
Get Outside & Connect Weekly Activity # 28 — Explore a Shore
This weeks activity is to find a shore to explore and make a day of it. You can make it interesting by creating a scavenger hunt or home school lesson around it, or you can just wing it – totally up to you. Feel free to pack a picnic if you like. 🙂
We are fortunate enough to give our daughter the opportunity to explore shores of all kinds. You can see her in the photo above investing rocks at the water’s edge – one of her favorite pastimes. It was taken at Horseshoe lake in Upper Bidwell Park near our current home in Chico, CA.
In the photo below she is looking for shells and sand crabs on the beach in Santa Monica. We spend our summers on the beaches of LA so my husband can work as an ocean lifeguard.
Shores are a very important place for us as a family, and we feel fortunate to be able to explore so many of them with our daughter. My husband and I met working on the shores of LA as lifeguards. I retired after 20 years of service in order to be a full-time mom.
In the photo on the left below you can see my daughter and I looking at river bugs in a stream on Table Mountain, CA. In the photo on the right we are observing the birds, ducks and other wildlife around Horseshoe lake, CA.
Whether you explore the shore of an ocean, lake, or river there are so many wonderful things to investigate. There is nothing better than getting outside and connecting with what matters while learning more about the world around you. We hope you enjoy exploring shores as much as we do!
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Nell comes from a varied background with over 20 years of experience working with children and is the founder of Rhythms of Play. She believes in the wonder of childhood, the power of the imagination, learning through play, and getting outside in all seasons! Learn more…