Now that it’s spring and we can finally get outside here in Boston, it’s a great time to explore. My kids have this aversion to insects — I’m not sure why, but they are terrified by spiders in particular — so some outside insect exploration would be a good thing. I like to use books to both entertain and to teach and I wanted to introduce this wonderful program where you can get a FREE Scholastic book with a purchase of EVEREADY® Gold® batteries.
The book options include Fly Guy, The Magic School Bus and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Let’s explore how to use these books for some outside fun (and insect aversion therapy for my kids!).
I love how Emily Elizabeth and her big red dog Clifford are always up for an adventure. I guess it helps to have a dog as big as a house to feel adventurous but that seems to ensure that they are always exploring outside.
Clifford Sees America is a fun way to learn U.S. geography for kids four years and older. It’s an easy reader too, so you can read it to your preschooler or have your elementary school child read it to younger siblings.
Fly Guy vs. the Flyswatter! can do double duty for me. Not only is Fly Guy a character to love, but he can help my middle child, PickyKidPix, get over her other fear of flies.
I have always loved The Magic School Bus series and what better way to explore the outdoors using The Magic School Takes a Moonwalk?
And then, of course, there is your own backyard or even your school playground! Our neighbor Otis found a Praying Mantis on his head one day after school! He’s an insect and critter magnet.
Otis in 5th grade with a Praying Mantis on his head. It just landed there one day after school!
A few years ago, he caught toads in the creek behind our street and held a Toad and Lemonade Stand, 50 cents each. It was a hot day so my kids ended up with three glasses of lemonade and three toads. We let them free after a few days and soon had a yard full of baby toads!
A Toad and Lemonade Stand across the street yielded us these new family pets!
And you know what toads are great for? Eating insects! My kids found out after realizing they needed to catch insects to keep them fed.
FREE Books from Scholastic From EVEREADY® Gold®
I hope you are getting spring weather that is just perfect for exploration. If you are experiencing April Showers like we are right now, curl up with a great book from Scholastic courtesy of EVEREADY® Gold®. If you are getting beautiful weather, I hope that you’ll be inspired to explore outside too! And those EVEREADY® Gold® batteries will come in handy if you want to use equipment like microscopes or cameras for even more fun!