One easy science activity for kids (and science-hating parents)

You know when your Facebook friends post "I fucking love science" memes, and you think, "Me too!"

Yeah, me neither. 

The only thing I hate more than science is math. However, as a parent, I have to be open to all subjects, at least until my kid proclaims hatred for one on his own account.

But science-hating parents: there is hope for us! That hope is called nature. I consider everything in nature to be science, so when we do outside activities, I feel as though I'm not completely ignoring that side of his brain.

Taking the lead from a friend who suggested the site, Acorn Naturalist, we just completed our first outdoor exploration yesterday. My son will be three in July, but you can tailor an outdoor exploration to any age and any landscape (city, suburbs, etc). 

Outdoor exploration can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Choose several sites around your home, and observe them on a weekly basis. Take notes and photos to see how the sites change over time. You can do this in as little as 15 minutes, or spend an hour or two.

Check out the gallery below to see what you need (only five items) and how easy this activity truly is.

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