Sunday, March 14, 2010

Help children find a special place in nature

"A great way to make a connection with nature is to find a place that your child enjoys going to, and make it their special place."
- Lets Connect with Nature

Little three year old legs get tired on long bush walks.

Luckily, to have a relationship with nature you don't need to travel far.  It could be as close as your own backyard, or under a tree in the preschool playground.

The creek is our special place.  Only 500m from our front gate it is easy travelling distance for little legs.  We go there at least every other day with small groups of children.

Sometimes we take a picnic.  Sometimes we take a basket of blocks - or on this particular day a basket of cars.  Mostly the kids just explore.  They are getting to know their special place inside and out.  They are making it their own.

Here are some tips on enjoying your special place in nature:  
  • Visit it as often as you can.
  • See how things change each time you visit.
  • Look for things that you missed in previous visits. ·
  • Visit at different times of the day and at different times of the year.
  • Draw a picture of your special place.
  • Have a picnic there.
Do you have a special place in nature that you go to with the young people in your life?

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  1. Just found you through Cat's blog ... love this post! I live in very urban Los Angeles where it can be challenging to connect so easily with the great outdoors (although we do!). How fortunate to have access to such a beautiful space.

  2. How amazing to have a creek so close to kinder! Such a wonderful experience for the kids.

  3. We are really lucky, I know. We are also lucky to have a Director who embraces getting kids outside the preschool gate and into the bush. So lucky x 2!