Society isn’t slowing down. We live in a time with self-driving cars,
virtual reality, robot assisted surgery, 3D printed clothing and so much more. Which, is all amazing, this is the future that 90’s kids dreamed about. But, with all the go, go, go of society, taking a moment to slow down and connect with nature is even more important than ever.
“All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature.” ~ Rudolf Steinter
Teaching children to nurture their relationship with nature is extremely important. The goal is that by encouraging them to explore nature, with all of its wonder and magic, we, as our child’s first teacher, can help create a solid foundation and love of science.
My personal favorite outdoor activity is our family walks, we usually walk through our neighborhood since it’s filled with a wide range of natural life. We even saw a couple baby foxes recently! They were so cute, playing by the river! Unfortunately, not everybody in this concrete world is able to step out of their house into an organic classroom. Regular trips to a nature park are a great alternative, if possible!
Going on walks is such a great activity and it’s something you can do all year, regardless of season (as long as you have right clothing!) Not only is it educational, but it’s a great way to unplug and spend some quality family time! Which, is so important in a child’s development.
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing” ~ Alfred Wainwright
There are so many ways to make a simple nature walk fun and educational, but in this posting, I’m going to tell you about how our family does nature walks!
There’s only a slight bit of preparation before setting out on our adventures, first we have to grab our basket, shoes and depending on the weather, our jackets! Then we have to get our dog on her leash, which is honestly a task in itself. She gets so excited for walks; she can’t even sit still long enough to get her leash hooked.
Once we are all collected and ready to go, we set out as adventurers, sometimes we’re wizards on a quest and other’s we’re royalty wandering the forest. We make up stories about the animals, flowers and houses that we find. Some plants are rare magical ingredients needed for potions; some are yummy herbs for our recipes (never pick someone’s flowers without permission though! And be sure to check your local laws before picking wildflowers). The houses transform into giant castles or spooky cabins covered in ivy and hidden behind shrubs and trees.
It’s only been recently that we’ve begun taking our basket with us on our adventures. After so many walks back home with our hands full of little treasures, we decided a basket is absolutely necessary. Since it’s Fall, our treasures that fill our basket consist of colorful leaves in different shapes and sizes, pinecones, sticks, tree bark that we find on the ground and acorns.
Once we get back home, we make sure to soak our findings in a bowl of warm water with about 1 cup of vinegar, I eyeball the vinegar so I don’t know an exact amount I use. Just that it’s roughly 1 cup! This ensures that any little bugs that might be in our treasures don’t make their new home inside of our home. We then use our treasures for play and sometimes even for crafts!
We’re always looking for other ways to enjoy nature, so feel free to let me know your family’s favorite nature walk activities!