The Nature of Fun

 Bring along paper and some peeled crayons. Occasionally stop to let children place the paper on top of the sidewalk or a tree to create a rubbing. Try to identify the objects when you get back.

 Don’t let a little rain stop you. An everyday walk takes on a new experience as children walk through mud puddles.

5. Yummy Moth Milkshakes: Summer evenings are a wonderful time to see fireflies, bats and moths enjoying the warm air. (Okay, you’ll probably see a few mosquitoes also.) Attract more moths by making this delicious drink… In a saucepan, mix together 1/2 cup sugar with 2 cups water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. When mixture cools, and it is dusk, give children paint brushes so they can “paint” the mixture on a tree.

Let the liquid soak into the tree bark. About an hour later, when it is dark, use flashlights to check on your tree restaurant. If moths are slow to find it, shine the flashlight on the tree for a few minutes. The combination of sugar and light is sure to make your tree a popular feeding spot.

Want to impress your campers with your knowledge of nature? Explain the difference between a moth and butterfly. When butterflies land on an object, they bring their wings up over their backs. Moths keep their wings separated.

Silvana Clark has over 20 years experience helping thousands of children create arts and crafts projects and is a frequent speaker at camp and recreation conferences.

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