The children and I love doing “Nature Walks” through our backyard to discover tiny treasures in God’s creation. It’s always a nice transition from our post-lunch outside playtime to our inside rest time in the afternoon. This month we are taking time to find and observe mosses and lichen.
When we find a patch of moss on a rock or in the dirt, I ask the kids to describe things about it – it’s color, texture, temperature, where it chose to live, etc. It has been neat to see them point our moss whereever we go now.
I set up a table in our homeschool room to allow them to explore the topic of moss and lichen on their own. We have three loupes from The Private Eye that are available for viewing our “specimens”. Some of our mosses have been transplanted inside to our specimen boxes so we can observe them and discuss them further. I also found some great books from our library on the subject that I put out for them to read or look at.
The books on display are:
- Mossy by Jan Brett
- Plants that Never Ever Bloom by Ruth Heller
- Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock by Eric I. Kimmel
- Moss Gardening by George Schenk
- The Forest Carpet by Bill and Nancy Malcolm
- Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
- Plants, DK Visual Dictionary
There is a whole tiny world to be found while studying mosses and lichen. It is a great topic for preschoolers because they are already close to the ground and they love to dig in the dirt!