While your child may be a little too young to understand some of the more complex catalysts behind climate change, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t encourage them to take an early interest in nature.
Here’s some simple ways you can help your child appreciate the natural world.
Taking your child for a walk around the neighbourhood or in a nearby park or garden is an excellent way to appreciate nature. The walks will allow a child to see the seasonal changes that occur in the world around them – they’ll experience sunny days and rainy showers and gain a better understanding of natural processes.
Try to add a touch of nature to your child’s outdoor play experience. You could plant a veggie patch or keep chickens in the garden. Even a simple bird feeder near your child’s play space can help them begin to identify different types of birds – it’s all about providing them with real experiences.
Natural objects like interesting rocks, pretty leaves and conkers fascinate children. Bring the outdoors indoors and give children an allocated space to display their prized possessions. Your child will be excited to add things to their collection and will be more likely to willingly participate in walks and other excursions.
Explaining why plastics go in one bin while paper products go in another, and letting them help you sort your recycling is a great way to introduce children to the concept of sustainability. Remind them not to leave the television on if they’re not watching it and to switch off lights when they leave a room – teaching them these habits at an early age will mean they’re more likely to internalise positive environmental behaviours in the future.
Show your children that you care about nature too. Pointing out interesting trees or encouraging kids to smell flowers that are your favourites will show them that you also love and respect the natural world. So, when the child notices an animal, a bird, or even a flower, make sure to answer all the questions a child is asking. Sharing some fun facts and later quizzing your little one on what they’ve learned is a great way for a child to develop an interest in nature.
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