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One of the clichés about city kids today is that they think that food appears magically on the shelves of the grocery stores – they don’t know where this food actually comes from!
Our nature walk movement was founded to help kids not only reconnect with nature but also to learn about nature and what it provides to us on a daily basis.
Where does it come from?
Where does fruit and vegetables food come from? Fruits such as apples and oranges come from trees. Vegetables come from beneath the ground or on the ground, such as potatoes and lettuces. (It’s actually more technical than that. But trying to explain the true definitions of fruits, vegetables and grains to small children can be confusing. It can even be confusing for adults.
Adventure and discovery on a nature walk can open the mind to enhanced learning:
This is a question you can ask your kids whenever you go on your adventure of discovery on one of your nature walks! This is the type of curiosity that my book, The Five Colors of Our Nature, is designed to stimulate.
Nature Journals:
Although Technology and Nature can coexist, it’s important for children to reconnect with nature. Allow your children to become hands on with the natural world while using their five senses. This interaction may increase your child’s creativity skills and enhance learning. Be sure to bring a piece of paper with you the next time you go for a nature walk, if you haven’t started journaling yet. (And remember that journaling is a fun way to keep kids involved during the nature walk. Even the youngest ones that can’t read or write can draw pictures of the leaves, trees, birds and other animals they see as they walk.)
Point to a tree and ask your child if he or she knows where paper comes from. Chances are they won’t know until you tell them! But it is one thing to say, “Paper comes from trees,” and quite another to be able to show them photos in a book of the whole process of converting a tree into reams of paper.
There are plenty of nature walk themes you can explore – and plenty of children’s non-fiction books as well as fictional books on each subject which will give you the information you need to share with your kids.