KIDS LOVING NATURE
The outdoors is calling — take the opportunity to get your kids outside and learn the importance of the natural environment
Young children learn some of the most valuable lessons in life from the outdoors.
Well that’s what I think, and I’m speaking as a mum and a former primary school teacher.
It breaks my heart to see children endlessly cooped up in front of computer screens.
I believe children should spend time interacting with nature every single day – rain, hail or shine.
Even getting dressed properly for the conditions outside is an opportunity to teach your children about sun safety, warmth, rain and so on.
Here are my suggestions for helping your young children to learn from being in the outdoors: ◆ Go for a walk – around your garden or a park or in your neighbourhood – and encourage children to use their senses. Ask them to tell you about all the things they can see, hear, smell and touch. Ask them to recount these things when they get home. ◆ Spend quiet time listening to the natural world and smelling the air. ◆ Talk about bird songs and see if you can identify kookaburras and magpies. Try and copy the sounds. ◆ Give your children their own little garden. Plant seeds and watch them grow. Take photos of them each week. ◆ Talk about different flowers and leaves; their shapes and colours. Trace around the leaves on a piece of paper. ◆ Encourage an interest in the wonder of nature, the colours and variety of flowers and insects. Try and draw them. ◆ Run on grass, kick leaves and jump in puddles as often as possible.