The sun is finally shining, and the ice is melting. It's a beautiful day to get outside.

But what to do, what to do?

Why not take the kids on a shape walk?

Challenge your tots, or your older children, to use their observational skills and see how many shapes they can find in nature. A diamond? A square? An oval?

(Pick up some items along the way to make a wearable nature bracelet.)

You can even turn it into a competition and see who can find the most. Maybe the winner gets a sticker or a special treat after dinner.

I went for a shape walk just outside the Dickinson County Nature Center in Kenue Park and was surprised at just how many shapes I could find.

(Also, download free Nature Bingo cards here.)

Can you beat me?

Photo of leaving making a heart in the snowopens IMAGE file

Leaves melted a heart in the snow.

Photo of snowy printopens IMAGE file

A hoofprint looks like an oval.

Photo of a dead worm in an S shapeopens IMAGE file

The worm makes an S.

Photo of deer poopopens IMAGE file

A sphere...yes, that's scat...

Photo of a teardrop shape in the snowopens IMAGE file

Something created a melted teardrop shape.

Photo of a trapezoid in the snowopens IMAGE file

A trapezoid --- I think this is the winner. Who finds a trapezoid?

A photo of a piece of grass bent over like a triangleopens IMAGE file

A triangle, using the ground as the bottom

That's seven shapes for me! Let me know how many you find in the comments below!

Find more fun activities on our blog, and then check out the scheduled programs we have for kids and adults alike at the nature center!