November 14, 2017

Hello! We are Cady and Emily from Follow Our Lead, Boston, delighted to be guest posters today on wikebaby.com! We follow our children’s interests, and support learning opportunities in authentic, meaningful ways at home and around the Boston area. Like Kelly, we embrace the outdoors in all four seasons. But, we think there is something extra special about fall in New England. We hope you enjoy our post and we’d love to hear from you! Subscribe to our blog, follow us on Instagram or Facebook, and join the conversation. Our goal is to create a community to provide parents with new ideas and inspirations, including yours!  Th...

November 5, 2017

If your kids are very young and need a bit of motivation for your hike or if you are new to hiking and worried they will become bored, a scavenger hunt is just the remedy. 

You’ll easily have your children searching for the next item on the list, and you’ll have lots to talk about as you look and find new things.  They will be building their awareness of the natural world and combatting plant-blindness without even realizing it.  It’s an old teacher trick to get kids to learn and to do things all while thinking they are just playing a fun game…!

Scavenger hunts are great for all ages.  We all know kids love them.  Adults seem...

October 28, 2017

Need a surefire gift with educational potential to please a 3-6 year old?  Look no further than the VTech KidiZoom camera(Opinions are completely my own. I'm sharing this product because I love it and think you will, too. This is not a sponsored post!)

I first saw this camera on a Somerville Community Pathway urban wike with a few friends.  One friend brought along her four year old son, and he brought along his Kidizoom camera.  When he saw something interesting, his mom encouraged him to take a photo of it.  He was interested in the two types of bees he saw around flowers: they looked different.  Why?  We showed him tha...

October 9, 2017

Fostering a love for the outdoors starts with building an awareness of nature—and right now is the perfect time to encourage your little ones to notice the natural changes around them! 

Here are some engaging, knowledge-building, and fun ways to track the daily and seasonal changes.  They range from ridiculously simple to more involved, but all follow my promise for high quality nature activities.

1. Become Daily Arborists- Choose a tree or other plant that you can see outside of your window and one you are able to visit frequently.  Make it a daily ritual to look at the tree together and talk about what you see. This sounds...

August 9, 2017

One of the things I can’t wait to do on this blog is offer concrete ideas to use while wiking and exploring the outdoors with your children or students.   I’m a full-fledged experienced and licensed elementary school teacher with a master’s degree in instructional design, a nature enthusiast, and a mom, so you can expect that any idea I suggest will be a high quality learning activity or experience.  That's a promise.

Here are the some of the qualities I’m looking for in any of the ideas I recommend:

  

Engaging. I want the activities that I recommend to you to engage your children in the natural...

June 23, 2017

What if you could watch a lion hunt its antelope prey in your backyard? What if you could experience the search for the big five (lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino, buffalo) on safari while wiking your local trails?   When we came back from our trip to Kenya 10 years ago totally smitten with the “hunt” for wildlife, I realized it’s possible to get the same sort of experience at home! 

That’s when I started getting into birds.  Yup. Me.

Bird watching is like being on safari.  You search and listen and sit quietly… and then when you spot one, all the waiting is worth it!  You watch what it does and identify it...

June 10, 2017

It’s that lush, beautiful time in New England when everyone wants to spend time outside in the sunshine… but if one thing is keeping them in, it’s ticks.   Concerns peak from May through July, when people get more tick bites and tick-borne illnesses than any other time of year.  It’s a common discussion topic and concern among parents.  There’s also a lot of misinformation out there. 

I’ve found that part of mommying is worrying—a large part.  We worry about every thing our child does, doesn’t do, might do, or might not do.  When you spend a lot of time outdoors, much of your worrying might be about ticks...

May 30, 2017

Who owns the earth?  This is a question for the ages.  People fight over invisible property borders all over the world and have done so for thousands of years.  Humans assume people own the earth, but somewhat hypocritically, they also call it “Mother Earth”.  The earth is our “mother”, yet we see ourselves as better than it.  Would you treat your mother the way people often treat the earth!?

No, I’m not suggesting that we all hug it out and eliminate countries and laws and rather tend the earth communally.  That would be a nice picture, but I’m a realist! 

We do, however, have to start thinking about the...

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Wike: (v) to walk or hike; (n) a walk or hike, usually used when referring to a short hike or long walk in nature.

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