Oxford and University Green Week

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Kids Go Green: Go Outdoors

Get started! Download and print the Kids Go Green Card.

Being outdoors is essential for healthy child development. Unstructured play in the outdoors promotes creativity and imagination, as well as allowing children to build their confidence by exploring new and unfamiliar environments. Being outdoors is also beneficial for physical and mental development – exposure to new environments encourages children to think, observe and ask questions, as well as requiring more rigorous physical activity than indoor play. Download a fact sheet about the benefits of outdoor play here. 

This category of the challenge encourages children to go outside and observe nature. Click the activities below (or scroll down) for accompanying educational resources.

Draw a picture illustrating what you love most about nature

Find two leaves and do a leaf rubbing. Compare the differences between the two.

Take a walk through Bailey’s Woods

Draw a picture illustrating what you love most about nature

Collaborating with Nature – You can even incorporate nature items into your artwork. Check out these fun examples.

Find two leaves and do a leaf rubbing. Compare the differences between the two.

How to do a leaf rubbing – Directions on how to do a leaf rubbing with crayons, paper and, of course, leaves!

Learn about Leaves factsheet – Learn why leaves are important, the parts that make up a leaf and more.

Nature Detectives: Leaf identification worksheet – Turn your leaf rubbing project into a nature scavenger hunt with this worksheet!

Printable leaf identification cards – Take it a step further and identify your tree leaves.

Take a walk in Bailey’s Woods

The Bailey’s Woods National Recreation Trail offers a quiet escape from the busy energy of Oxford. Apart from the physical benefits of exercise, walking in nature can help relieve stress and provide mental health benefits. The Bailey’s Woods trail provides a 20-30 minute walk from the UM Museum to the grounds of Rowan Oak. The peaceful trail is less than a mile long and weaves over small hills and streams.

Nature walk scavenger hunt – Be on the lookout for feathers, “something red,” tree bark, rocks and more with this printable scavenger hunt.

Remember to e-mail photos of your child completing the activities to green@olemiss.edu! Check off each item that you complete on the Kids Go Green Challenge card, and bring it to the Oxford Community Market between 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 to redeem your prize!

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