We are having a snowfest in Aberdeenshire this winter! Yet again the schools are closed owing to snowfall. My son is having a lie-in and is yet to learn about my plans for a snowball fight later on today. Surprise will be my key tactic.
So imagine what life must be like in Alaska or other places far north. Our Scottish subzero temperatures are mild by comparison. But this does not seem to stop outdoor play. I popped onto the Children & Nature Network Connect website this morning to see an announcement of the Iditanature event.
“Headstart preschool students in Homer, AK have been challenged to spend 1 to 1.5 hours outdoors between March 6 and March 20, while the Iditarod Great Sled Race is underway. Kids will log their minutes spent outdoors in a booklet similar to summer reading program logbooks, which will then be approved and signed by teachers and parents. Those students who spend at least 1,150 minutes in nature (ie. the same number of minutes – or more – as the miles travelled by Iditarod mushers during the race) will win a fantastic prize – an opportunity to visit a local sled dog kennel and go mushing through the snow.”
Now I think both the scheme and the prize for participating are great. Many thanks to Carmen Fields for sharing. She fuels my imagination with her ideas and activities which also happen to cover dog sledding parties (makes a change from a MacDonald’s Party) and a Mud Games event.
Before I forget, the Children & Nature Network are actively encouraging teachers from across the world to join the Natural Teachers Network.