Ideas for a Spring Water Adventure

Posted by: on May 23, 2014 in Blog | 341 Comments

Ideas for a Spring Water Adventure

When I was growing up I had lots of different types of footwear. I admit that my childhood was free of the highly washable, hole filled rubber shoes that can be cleaned in the dish washer (who in the world thought that was the way to go?) but somehow I survived. In the spring, the most important footwear I owned? Rubber rain boots.

What to bring when exploring a ditch, a creek or a small pond with a young child

  • Tall rubber boots (even tall boots will get water inside them but give them a go)
  • Plastic jars for collecting creatures or other specimens
  • Tweezers or tongs, long handled spoons or small garden shovels
  • Magnifying glasses
  • A bucket or two for carrying everything as well as filling up with “treasures”
  • Rubber “dishwashing” gloves (optional- I would hate for someone to miss out just because things “feel icky”)

Some thoughts for once you get to the water’s edge

  • Let the child take the lead. You are the ever helpful pack mule/sage on this trip; there to carry, guide and stay out of the way (hey- you’re a parent; you can do all of that in your sleep by now).
  • This is no time for admonitions of “Don’t get wet”. Rather this is the time for “Give it a try, you’ll dry”.
  • After your child has dug, filled, rearranged and had their fill of gathering, encourage them to leave it there when you go. Things gathered from the creek/pond tend to smell after a while and spill (trust me).
  • Remember: In the spring the water is cold. Have warm dry items to change into close by. When you get home have warm soup planned for lunch or snack.

Why Now?

I bring up the idea of exploring small bodies of water in the spring for a couple of reasons.

In the spring there is a lot of wetness just waiting to be explored. Melted snow and rain, rain, rain can really get the landscape ready for water exploration.

Starting now gives you and your child all the way into early next winter to go back to the same body of water and really get to know it. Notice changes; revisit what you might consider the familiar only to be impressed by the newness of it, not only through the eyes of your inquisitive child but your own as well.

I mentioned what your child might want/need on their trip to explore the wet wild. What will you need? Your own rubber boots, a sense of adventure and more questions than answers (try to keep your knowledge from interfering with your child’s learning).

Let us know about you and your child’s water exploration. Do you have other useful tools for us to add to the list? Let us know. We love to hear from you!