Backyard Adventure is one of many great guides available for inventive and engaging off-screen time outside for kids. Many of these DIY and how-to guides use re-purposed or recycled materials and things that are typically found around swingsets and in backyards. There is no need to buy anything, just open your eyes and let these guides help your imagination take over.
In addition to the e-books featured below, you can find kid friendly activities on our Activities for Kids Pinterest Board. Don't miss the board Garden Activities. Here are some printables to help get you started exploring in your own backyard!
From trying new recipes to brushing up on your language or drawing skills, check out "social distancing" friendly ideas from At Home Activities for Kids, a list of e-books you can check out from Overdrive with your IndyPL library card. Nature activities are included!
You can read these books about the outdoors right now by just clicking on the book cover.
Take a walk and read a story as you go! We invite you to visit StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park at 3025 Ruckle Street. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames.
Many of our locations are within a short distance of excellent places to walk and explore. You'll have to BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) this time! Just keep appropriate social distance while there and wash your hands when you get home!
Kids on e-learning days need recess - probably really long ones! These e-books you can access from home are teeming with ideas for fun outdoor art, science, and engineering projects and games that are just plain fun. Unplug and get muddy! #indyplkids
Go on a walk and gather your supplies!
In your own backyard, it's simple, inexpensive, and fun to whip up a number of amazing science experiments using the great outdoors. Physics, chemistry, and biology can be found all around in nature. Presents fifty-two science activities that can be done in a backyard,
Sharpen your senses and get to know the natural world up close with this guide to nature observation and exploration, including tracking, mapping, and reflective journaling activities.