I am a firm believer in the best things in life are SIMPLE and FREE! They are not hard, not complicated, and they cost you NADA (nothing)! Got it? Not a single penny! Kids love classic nature games. They can make a game out of almost anything outdoors (if they know there are no electronic devices that they can use instead). One nature game kids love is trying to catch a lizard.
Nature Games Kids Love- Catch A Lizard
Do you remember catching lizards when you were a kid? Remember? This was not something that parents taught us how to do, instead kids back then were more likely to teach their parents this skill.
Lizards are FAST and they hide really well. I was the oldest kid in my family. My little sister, named Scarlet, was a real go getter when it came to catching lizards, she was 7 years younger than me, and I had “grown up” into a very “mature” 12 year old, so I was not perhaps amused with running after lizards. Scarlet, on the other hand, she was a diligent and faithful hunter of the lizard, on a daily basis it seemed, after school.
I can still see those little legs white with baggy stockings loosely gathering around her ankles as she darted here and there. And I can still hear the gasping for air, as she giggled with anxious excitement. I had to restrain myself from bursting into laughter as I watched her spring impulsively into a lunge upon the poor little animals, with no care as to whether this meant scraped knees or palms or elbows. Who could feel pain, when the intense joy of catching a lizard would far outweigh the potential for a having a collision with a neighborly tree branch?
So, YES! Why not? Parents, though you may not find your child taking to this predatory sport on his or her own, what is to stop you from doing this wildly playful oldie but goodie!? If you let the kid in you come to the surface once in a while, an activity like this will likely raise up the dormant joy in nature that is inside us all. Before you realize it, you may find yourself chasing the lizard with no remembrance to your adult mannerisms, as they will quickly be abandoned for the adrenaline rush you experience when you catch a lizard.
If you want to get your kids outside to PLAY, but they don’t seem to take much interest in the outdoors, see how they react when they see YOU trying to catch a lizard and lunging about like a tiger after its mid-morning snack! If that doesn’t get them rolling, your kids are just sticks in the mud! For which the only cure will be MORE time outside!
Lizard Catching Tips
You may want to do a little research on lizards common to your area before you begin. Make sure your child releases the lizard after they catch it and observe it for a short time. Also, be sure your child is gentle so that they do not hurt the lizard, after all, lizards are small and a bit fragile. Try not to grab the lizard by the tail so that they don’t loose their tail as it is an important part of their self defense. I just use the sneak up an grab the lizard method but there is also a grass lasso technique!
If you don’t successfully catch a lizard, don’t worry, you can always try again! In the mean time you could try some making some lizard crafts or lizard treats together!
What are your favorite nature games? Have you ever caught a lizard? Do you think you and your child will try to catch a lizard together? How do you enjoy nature with your child?