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backyard fun

Join MPT camp counselor Krissy this week, and investigate nature and science in your own backyard.

Ages 3-5

Create a Nature Obstacle Course

Build a nature obstacle course outside and practice the skills that help you be a better nature explorer. You'll jump, throw, balance and bend, and have lots of nature-iffic fun!

Grow Seedlings in an Egg Carton

Try this activity to raise your plant from seed to seedling. Consider starting with an easy to grow plant like cucumbers or radishes.

Is It an Insect?

Identify insects in your neighborhood and then create a field guide with this activity from Elinor Wonders Why.


Ages 6-8

Pool Noodle Obstacle Course

This easily customizable pool noodle obstacle course is perfect for a kid’s play date, party or a family time in the yard.

Make a Minature Garden

Learn how seeds and plants grow, and build observation skills with this hands-on garden activity. First create your miniature garden and then track plant growth with the plant journal.

Host a Family Olympics

Help your child create a Home Olympics! Try to hold your event outside, or put mats on the floor indoors. Remind children that the object is not to win, but to have FUN!

Create a Literacy Obstacle Course

In this obstacle course, kids will strengthen one of their most important muscles – their brain – as they engage in alphabetizing, rhyming, spelling, and movement.