This is an advert for A Year of Nature Walks and Games by Becky Goddard-Hill and Catherine Hughes
One of the most useful resources I have as a home-educating parent is the collection of books around the house, from classical literature to books full of inspirational ideas to do with the kids. You can find book lists here on Rainy Day Homeschooling and even more book recommendations over on Rainy Day Mum. But, today I’m here to introduce a brand new book by two of my friends and blogging buddies Becky and Catherine. They’ve kindly shared just one of the activities from their new book A Year of Nature Walks and Games with me. So over to them both.
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A Year of Nature Walks and Games
We are delighted to be part of the blogger book tour for the fab new book A Year of Nature Walks and Games for 6-12 year-olds. It is written by child well-being author Becky Goddard-Hill from Emotionally Healthy Kids and gardening expert Catherine Hughes from the blog Gowing Family
The book is jam-packed with things for kids to see and do in nature and today the authors have shared one of those activities here with us.
You may also like our how to preserve leaves for nature journals to do alongside this activity.
Dissecting and studying acorns
Nature items provide the perfect resource for starting to learn about dissection one of the many skills in science. They can be collected anywhere, from in the park, on a nature walk, or even in your own back garden.
Flowers and leaves work really well for this activity, but today as autumn is in the air we’re going to look at acorns.
Tips for Nature Collecting with Your Kids
Make sure that your kids are aware of a few things before you head out
- only collect acorns that have already fallen, don’t pick from plants and trees.
- give your kids guidance so that they don’t wander off out of sight if age-appropriate
- remind them about where it’s sensible to pick things up and not e.g. don’t pick things up on the roads
- a good reminder to always wash your hands when you get home
How to Disect Acorns with Your Kids
Once you have a collection of acorns what you want to do is
- If the acorn still has a cap attached remove it
- Use a knife to cut the acorn in half (this may need an adult to do as they can be very tough to cut into)
- Place the cap and nut on your nature journal
- Make a quick sketch of what you can see
- Now identify the following parts
- Stalk – where the acorn is attached to the tree
- Cupule – the top hat of the acorn (we know it as a cap_
- Now the nut
- find the fruit wall, the outer shell
- the seed coat – a layer inside the shell that protects the seed
- the embryo – the actual acorn seed that is hidden inside the nut
- Style – it’s the little pointy end of the acorn
Some things to think about!
The outer shell of the acorn is tough and hard – why do you think that this is?
The inside of the nut is soft – can you see any features that are similar to other seeds you may have observed growing before
Why do you think the acorn has a cap?
Don’t forget you can find more ideas for Nature Study month by month and in-depth studies here on Rainy Day Homeschooling.
A Year of Nature Walks and Games Blogger Book Tour
To see more wonderful activities from A Year of Nature Walks and Games follow the tour and visit each of the blogs to see more. You can find me here on day one but also over on Rainy Day Mum too!
Rainy Day Homeschooling 28/9 – You are here
Monkey and Mouse 2/10 – another home-educating family from the UK
Becky and Catherine are also the authors of A Year of Nature Craft and Play.