By Julia Gorham
It’s time to get in touch with nature with these nature activities!
Research shows that young children derive a range of benefits from having access to nature. A young children’s relationship with nature is vital for their overall development, including better concentration, motor co-ordination, co-operative, social play and opportunities to feel connected to the larger universe of living things.
Here are some ideas:
- Collect pine cones to form pine cone mazes for your child to walk through.
- Pick flowers, twigs, petals, buds, acorns, small branches, leaves, long grass, bark etc., to create nature people.
- Take paper and thick crayons for your child to make bark rubbings.
- Pick flowers, make flower chains, Alice bands, necklaces, blow dandelions, etc.
- Make leaf rubbings with paper and brightly coloured crayons.
- Make a petal maze.
- Play “hide and seek”
- Collect small stones to make patterns on the grass.
- Throw pine cones into a bucket.
- Create collages with collected leaves.
- Make basic shapes with pinecones outside.
- Press leaves or flowers to make book markers.
- Play the “I spy game” in the garden or park.
- Examine crawling creatures .
- Pack a bag with binoculars, magnifying glasses, gardening books, a picnic blanket, a picnic basket filled with wholesome goodies, paper, crayons, kites, balls etc. and you even can bring your pets too.
- Make or erect a tent with logs for sitting, a pile of sticks to make a pretend fire, decorate your place of haven with freshly picked flowers and use your wild imagine!
- Observe birdlife with binoculars and a bird book.
- Pack a picnic box with a blanket and enjoy this special time with your child.
- Talk about what you see in nature, explain, have open end conversations …..
- Identify the names of trees and flowers that you see.
- Enjoy the tranquillity of your outside space.
- Listen to bird songs.
- Be aware of the trees swaying, leaves falling, sound of water …..
- Take sticks and draw in the sand.
- Jump in puddles.
- Climb trees.
- Make a mobile with a hanger and string with nature objects such a bark, pebbles, sticks etc.
- Paint and decorate small pebbles.
Explore, observe, discover, marvel, appreciate, create and let your children enjoy the beauty and joy of their outside environment !