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Day 36: Imaginative play! Be inspired by a video read aloud of Roxaboxen, and a nature riddle

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
May 11, 2020

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration

From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book.

Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling during the COVID-19 pandemic, these activity ideas are a great jumping off point for any outdoor adventure. Click here for a list with links to all 50 activity ideas.

Nature riddle

A study of more than 300 skeletons of this bird found in the forest revealed that 23 percent had fractures of the chest resulting from high speed collisions with trees and branches. What is this high speed predator? Click here to read more about this fascinating animal.

Watch a video read aloud of Roxaboxen and be inspired to imagine!

This may be my all-time favorite children’s book. I’m so happy to share it with you. This book acts as continuous inspiration for me as a parent and a camp leader.

Many kids that I’ve taught, including my own, love to create complex imaginary worlds. In doing so, they have fun, figure out complex social dynamics and exercise their problem solving skills. It’s good for kids to imagine!

We have our own Roxaboxen at home—houses and stores and a library outlined by small rocks. It has provided hours of entertainment and connection.