- Develop imagination/sense of wonder;
- Develop problem-solving skills;
- Increase creativity;
- Reduce stress.
By experiencing and understanding natural elements, children develop an adaptive and sympathetic attitude towards learning.
OK, great! But how?
Plant something together!If you can’t build a garden, low-maintenance herbs in small pots by a window will do just fine. Consider planting a tree, and they can watch if grow as they grow!
Get them outside!Picnics, walks, short hikes, anything. Any park or green area will do. Just make sure to variate and take them to different places every so often.
Watch real wildlife on TVGet them to see different plants and animals. There is so much more than bears and beavers in this rich world we live in. Different wildlife vary in shapes, colours, behaviours, which can trigger sense of wonder and creativity.
Teach how simple things that we take for granted are connected to Nature. A great example is: “Where does tap water come from?”
There’s a TON of resources online to help you develop activities and expand your knowledge on the topic. We’ve separated some for you:
- ebird.org: Type in the area where you live and it will show all the species of birds that can be spotted there;
- nature.org (The Nature Conservancy – Nature Lab): Curriculum resources designed specifically for a young audience, for all grades;
- naaee.org (North American Association for Environmental Education): Wide range of resources involving environmental education;
- Type “nature” on Netflix's search box;
- Basically any content created by Sir David Attenborough.