Nature is both beautiful and ruthless. If you have a healthy respect for it, and if you love it, then the chances of it turning against you is quite low. In the previous decades, when we lived so connected to nature, it was quite easy to teach children to love and respect nature. Now-a-day, since most of us live in the middle of a concrete jungle, teaching children to love and connect with the nature takes a little extra effort.
With the warm months at hand and the weather beautiful, take a moment of your day to subtly introduce the nature to your children. Here are a few of our suggestions.
Special occasion? Plant a tree!
When it comes to birthdays, cutting cake is such a normal thing. It’s a cultural thing common to most parts of the world. Likewise, make it a habit to plant a tree whenever a special occasion rolls around. Keep your child involved in taking care of that particular plant all year long.
Look up and discuss nature related jobs, and what happens when it’s not done carefully
Do you have to remove a tree from your backyard or garden? Are you planning on using an arborist in Sydney? If you are, then teach your children the importance of their job and why you have to use them for a job well done. Of course, this can only be done with older children.
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“You reap what you sow”
Like an arborist, a farmer’s job is involved with nature as well. Play the farmer with your children. Plant berries and vegetable that are easy to plant and maintain, and tasty to eat as well. Your child will definitely be excited about eating something they helped to plant; so don’t think of the work it involves.
Undoubtedly, it’s the era of the selfies. Even the smallest of children know how to handle a smart phone now-a-days, and the art of “selfie” taking is more than easy for them. If your child loves taking pictures, encourage them to take pictures of the insects, birds, trees and plants of your garden. Help them upload it to social media for further fun and encouragement.
A little fun in the sun
Everyone likes playing in the sunlight; regardless to whether it’s children or adults. While it’s true that most of don’t have the time or the energy for it now-a-days; the time spent having fun is never wasted. Organize a nature related scavenger hunt for your family this summer. Involve modern technology to it in order to make it interesting to your tech-loving family.
The ultimate call of nature
So what if your children feel they’re “too old” for silly games you come up with? While we sincerely hope this is not the case with your family, we have an alternate option for you, just in case. Instead of a scavenger hunt, organize a picnic instead. The calling of the picnic in your garden will be harder for them to resist, especially if you involve food into the mix!