Connecting with Nature
Purpose To familiarize children with the natural world
A curriculum that includes nature as part of its framework is all-
inclusive and provides a path to connecting with the natural world.
Use these ideas to connect children with nature:
• Freshersize. Get outside and play.
• Start a nature journal, keeping track of kids’ observations in
writings and pictures.
• Go on a bird-watching hike. Make pretend binoculars out of
recycled cardboard tubes taped together, and add yarn with a
hole punch. Bring along a real, quality pair of binoculars so the
children can take turns using them. Record your observations in
the nature journal.
• Read It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw (1988). Bring
a camera outside, and take photos of clouds the children have
noticed. Then ask them to describe what the clouds look like. Use
the photos to make a cloud collage display.
• Bring a bug house outside so the children can practice a catch-
and-release bug game.
• Ask community volunteers to keep the outdoor play area clean
and free of litter.
• Move indoor activities, like easel painting, story time, snack,
dance, and music, outdoors when weather permits.
• Celebrate the changing seasons.
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