COVID-19 PARENT & TEACHER RESOURCES
With schools closed and activities cancelled, it is more important than ever to get kids outside and into nature. Time outside is critical to the physical and mental well-being of our children. Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers can use the activities and resources below, including maps to some of our favorite nature play locations, to safely and joyfully get kids outside during these unprecedented times!
PARTICIPATE IN THE OUTSIDE EVERY DAY CHALLENGE
Thorne is helping to lead a community wide effort to get kids outside every day during these unprecedented times. Visit the Outside Every Day website and make a pledge to get the kids you care for Outside Every Day! Challenge participants will receive frequent communication that includes activities and resources to make getting kids outside safe and fun!
Here are some of Thorne staff’s favorite nature activities for kids:
Animal Activity: Move, Mimic, Make! (PreK to Elementary School)
Mud Creations (Pre-K to Elementary School)
Potions! (Pre-K to Middle School)
Animal Masks (Elementary School)
Track Me If You Can (Elementary School)
Duplication (Elementary School)
Insect Amusement Park (Elementary School)
Alphabet Walk (Elementary to Middle School)
Imagination Vacation (Elementary to Middle School)
Be-a-Camera Game (Elementary to Middle School)
Biodiversity List and Micro Hike (Elementary to Middle School)
Bird Feeder (Elementary to Middle School)
Bird Nest (Elementary to Middle School)
Make Your Own Insect (Elementary to Middle School)
Rock Painting (Elementary to Middle School)
Special Stick (Elementary to Middle School)
Interview with Nature (Elementary to High School)
Native Beehive (Elementary to High School)
Nature Mandala (Elementary to High School)
Nature Mobiles (Elementary to High School)
Sit Spot (Elementary to High School)
Curriculum for Teachers
Thorne staff have turned some of our most beloved In School and Field Trip programs into virtual programs. Each program is multi-media including videos of Thorne staff teaching, links to external resources like games, videos, songs, and activities, and activities to help students take learning outside.
CLICK HERE to access these new, virtual programs, which are available for easy integration into your virtual classrooms!
Nature Play Locations & Maps
A Note on Staying Safe Outside