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Take Learning Outdoors with PLYMC

Story trail at Poland

Whether you have a baby, toddler, or big kid at home the following outdoor learning activities are fun and adaptable for all ages!  

PLYMC’s Story Trails: Take a walk and read a book at one of the Library’s Story Trials! The Story Trail includes pages of a picture book mounted on numbered signs. Families can walk, read, and enjoy the outdoors! Each sign also features an activity or question to get readers invested in the story. You can find these Story Trails at Boardman Park, the Canfield Library and the Poland Library, the East Library, and the Tri-Lakes Library. 

Tri-Lakes Story Trail

Tri-Lakes Library

Read a Book Outdoors: Grab your favorite chair, blanket, or hammock and read some books outside!  

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Turn any walk or hike into a learning experience by making it a scavenger hunt! Look for opposites (rough, smooth, big, small, hot, cold, etc.), colors, bugs, animals, habitats, etc. Make sure you discuss what you see!    


 Sidewalk Chalk: Practice writing letters, numbers, sight words, addition, subtraction, etc.  

Word/Number Splash: write letters, numbers, and/or sight words using sidewalk chalk and then splash them away with a bucket of water, garden hose, or squirt gun! The same activity could also be used to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division!  

Word/Number Scrub: write letters, numbers, and/or sight words using sidewalk chalk and then scrub them away with a wet sponge or a hand broom. The same activity could also be used to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division! 

Check out this book, Sidewalk Chalk, Outdoor Fun and Games for more sidewalk chalk activities.  

chalk words

You can also sign up to “Chalk Our Walks” at the Springfield Library on June 11th. Click here to find a time that will work for you and your family!    

Hopscotch: create a hopscotch board (or several) using letters, numbers, sight words, and/or math facts!   


Learn about Bubbles: Talk with your children about how bubbles are made and try to make your own bubbles! Kids of all ages will love this outdoor activity! You could even challenge your children to count as many bubbles as they can before they POP! 

Check out this website for more information about bubbles and activities you can do with them!  

Group of children playing with bubbles

Click here to view a book list on Bibliocommons. A few featured books are listed below. These books are available from PLYMC in print or as eBooks! 

Non-Fiction Books:  

Super Simple Things to Do with Bubbles 

Written By: Kelly Doudna 

Bubbles 

Written By: Meg Gaertner 

Experiments with Bubbles 

Written By: Robert Gardner 

Fiction Books:  

Bubble Trouble 

Written By: Margaret Mahy  

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum 

Written By: Lisa Wheeler  

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! 

Written By: Mo Willems  


Water Table Fun: Water tables allow children to let loose and have fun while developing problem solving skills, fine and gross motor skills, creativity, and language. Activities like pouring water from cup to cup serve as building blocks for future understanding of science concepts. 


Here are some places around the Mahoning Valley that you and your family can visit to complete one or all of the activities listed above! Click on the links to learn more about each place!  

Austintown Township Park 

Boardman Park 

Lake Milton State Park 

Mill Creek Metroparks 

Brianna

Hello everyone! I'm Brianna and I am a Youth Services Library Assistant at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Working at the library is a dream come true! There is nothing better than being surrounded by books all day long. It is perfect! When I'm not at the library, I spend most of my time playing with my son, Dean, and my three dogs! I have two huskies, Strider and Oakley, and one boxer named Izzy. They keep me pretty busy, but whenever I have a spare moment there is a YA novel in my hands. I am always looking for my next great read!