I enjoy being the summer time, but I don’t care for the heat and this week in North Carolina it is in the upper 90s and heat index over 100 degrees in most places, so it makes it hard to enjoy the outdoors. Especially as nannies, we find that it is unsafe to go outdoors to enjoy nature when the temperatures are so high. I found a great article on using the internet and apps to find some more ways to enjoy nature. Carolina Parent shares a great article called 10 Ways Families Can Use Technology to Connect to Nature This article can help you plan an outing or allow you to explore nature from the comfort of your home and air conditioning.
Here are three of the apps that they share:
Merlin Bird ID was produced by the scientists at the Cornell Ornithological Lab. This app encourages children to observe carefully and determine a bird’s identity by answering five questions about appearance and behavior. merlin.allaboutbirds.org. www.allaboutbirds.org/
TreeBook features photos, drawings, descriptions and range maps that help kids identify common trees in North America. itunes.apple.com (search for “TreeBook”).
Mywildflowers.com is a website administered by a wildflower enthusiast. A very simple key prompts kids to answer questions about flower color and shape, as well as blooming season, leaf shape and plant size. mywildflowers.com.
Do you use any websites/apps to enjoy the outdoors and nature with your nanny family or your own family? Let us know what you like.
To learn about all 10 sites please visit: