by Judy Molland
Families don't need to travel far into the woods to get kids to appreciate wildlife. Here are two winter-weather ideas to get started:
1. Go On a Wild Animal Safari
Wondering how to get your kids out on a cold day? Sneak outside with as many stuffed animals as you can find and hide them in your yard: up trees, inside shrubs, behind bushes. Next, tell the children it's time to go on a wild animal safari! They'll have fun discovering their beloved creatures in such unfamiliar places.
2. Make Bird Feeders
To help birds make it through the winter, make simple bird feeders. Try smothering pinecones in peanut butter, then rolling them in bird seed, before hanging them up. (Not where squirrels can get them!) Or cut oranges in half, eat the fruit, fill the peel with birdseed and hang from tree branches. Then watch the birds go crazy!
Judy Molland is the author of Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future (Free Spirit, 2009).