Kids love to explore their world and these lake and river activities for kids let them explore the largest part of the world -- after all, planet Earth is 70% water. Entire ecosystems thrive inside bodies of water. Whether you live near an ocean, lake, pond, stream, or river, where there's water, there's life.
The activities listed here are engaging ways for kids to explore what kinds of animals, vegetables, and minerals populate the lakes and rivers in their area.
Kids may not see the life forms at first, but a closer look will reveal the multitude of creatures living in nearby waterways.
Kids can pan for gold (and other treasures) like prospectors did in the days of the Gold Rush.
If your child has ever wondered how hard rocks become smooth and rounded, they'll get a lot out of this activity.
Help your kids use a net to scoop up watery life forms, and then encourage them to examine their specimens.
Discover the life teeming within ordinary waterways in the article on the next page.