Summer vacation independent study project! Outdoor activities to enjoy with your family

Summer vacation is a great opportunity for children to learn while interacting with nature. Let's enjoy independent research through outdoor activities that parents and children can enjoy together. This time, we will introduce outdoor activities that parents and children can enjoy together, as well as ideas for independent research that can be done while doing so.

1. Nature observation hiking

Activity details Hiking, which involves walking through nature and observing plants, animals, insects, etc., is a treasure trove of learning for children. Parents and children can make an observation notebook together and record the characteristics of the creatures and plants they find.

Independent Study Ideas

  • Make a plant encyclopedia: Take photos of the plants you find while hiking, research their names and characteristics, and summarize them. It's a good idea to record the shape of leaves, color of flowers, and seasonal changes.
  • Insect observation: Observe the ecology of insects and record the environments in which they are found. You can develop your observation skills by drawing sketches of the insects you observe.

2. River play and investigation of aquatic organisms

Activity details Swimming in the river in summer is a cool and fun experience, but it's also a great opportunity to observe underwater life. Observing aquatic organisms and studying their ecology deepens your understanding of nature.

Independent Study Ideas

  • Observing fish and shrimp: Observe fish and shrimp in the river and learn about their types, habitat, and food. Immediately return captured creatures to their original locations.
  • Water quality survey: Conduct an experiment to investigate the water quality of the river. We measure pH, transparency, and flow speed, and consider the effects of water quality on living things.

3. Camping and stargazing

Activity details You can deepen your interest in astronomy by observing the night sky while camping. Searching for constellations and observing the moon and planets through an astronomical telescope are fun independent research themes for parents and children.

Independent Study Ideas

  • Create a constellation map: Record the observed constellations and create an original constellation map. Let's also look into the mythology and history of the constellations.
  • Moon observation diary: Record the shape and position of the moon every night and observe its changes. This will be a good opportunity to learn about the mechanism of the moon's phases.

4. Forest exploration and learning about ecosystems

Activity Description As you explore the forest, you will learn about the ecosystem of creatures and plants found there. Parents and children together observe the connections in the ecosystem and think about their importance.

Independent Study Ideas

  • Food chain observation: Create a food chain diagram based on the plants and animals found in the forest. Examining the relationships between predators and prey deepens our understanding of the balance of ecosystems.
  • Observation of soil: Observe microorganisms and small animals that live in soil and learn about the importance of soil. It's also interesting to compare soils from different places and find out the differences.

5. Outdoor Cooking and Science Experiment

Activity details While enjoying outdoor cooking, students will conduct science experiments related to cooking. Learn how to cook using fire and natural ingredients.

Independent Study Ideas

  • Solar Cooking: Use the solar cooker to cook food using the sun's energy. Observe how long it takes food to cook and learn about energy use.
  • Chemical reactions in ingredients: Observe the chemical reactions that occur during cooking. For example, students will study the fermentation process of bread and the coagulation of eggs to understand their mechanisms.


Summer vacation is a great opportunity for parents and children to enjoy learning in nature. Expand children's curiosity and learning opportunities through a variety of outdoor activities, including nature hikes, river play and aquatic life exploration, camping and stargazing, forest exploration and ecosystem learning, outdoor cooking and science experiments. .

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