Mommy Bloggin’ for the Bay | Starting out small.

Mommy Bloggin’ for the Bay chronicles one parent’s journey to bring the Bay to the kid and the kid to the Bay.

One of my favorite children’s books to read to my 3-year old son is Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle.  If you have read it, you know how charming and simple this book is.  I enjoy reading it to him and naming the native North American animals that appear along the way.  He thinks the blue heron and red fox are funny.

This book inspired a game that Ollie and I play to discover the unique animals in our backyard and neighborhood.  Here are some of our favorites that we have discovered together:

Ollie Bear, Ollie Bear…what do you see?

Anna's Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird by Rick Lewis

I see an Anna’s Hummingbird zipping by me.

Ollie Bear, Ollie Bear…what do you see?

White tailed kite
White tailed kite by Maggie.Smith

I see a white kite glaring at me!

Ollie Bear, Ollie Bear what do you see?

Cabbage white Butterfly
Cabbage White Butterfly by Ed Gaillard

I see a Cabbage White Butterfly fluttering by me.

Through playing this game, which is fun and engaging for both of us, I hope to teach my kid how to treat and appreciate the amazing natural treasure that is right in our backyard, San Francisco Bay.

Do you have any kid-friendly and Bay-themed games, books, trips or ideas? Please share in the comments.  I’m always looking for new and creative ways to have some outdoor related fun with my little dude.