If you plan on spending a lot of time outside this summer then one of the first things you should teach your children is how to stay safe.
What safety means is different depending on where you live but in general you want to make sure they know which local wildlife to avoid, how to observe from afar, how to back away if they come across something unsafe, etc..
One of the most common inconveniences of going on nature walks is various poisonous plants which can result in a nasty rash. These plants aren’t difficult to identify, yet a shocking number of American children have no clue what they look like. Put together this simple travel guide and toss it in your backpack next time you head out the door.
Simply download the Free Printable Poisonous Plants Travel Guide (click here), print on cardstock, cut along the black lines, adhere the front and the back of each page to each other with a glue stick, decorate your cover page with crayons or colored pencils, laminate leaving a one inch lip along the top of each page, hole punch through that lip, then bind the pages with a brass fastener.
(Don’t worry if this sounds confusing, all instructions are written and diagrammed out on the printable.)
Normally I say that lamination is an optional step, however given that this printable is made for outdoor use I’m going to highly recommend it.
The lamination step can be done more cheaply with clear packing tape if you don’t have a lamination machine handy.