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Fun Activities That Will Help Kids Appreciate Nature More

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It is becoming more important than ever to teach children about sustainability. There are many things that parents can do, such as developing zero waste strategies at home.

Another thing that eco-friendly parents should do is try to encourage their children to spend more time in nature. Children that spend time in nature will be more likely to appreciate the planet and take better care of it.

The rapidly advancing digital age has distracted today’s children from the majestic beauty of nature. Instead of seeing wildlife up close, they look through the little glimpses provided by scenic videos and picturesque images. The Child Mind Institute has some great feedback on why this is important.

Sadly, with the ongoing climate crisis, there might not be any more nature left to appreciate once they look up from their devices. Teaching your kids about nature’s beauty has never been more crucial. Aside from showing them the wonders of our environment, we can inspire them to grow up and become protectors of the natural world. 

Keep reading below to learn more about the many activities that could spark your children’s interest in nature.

Take Them Camping

The best way to immerse your children in nature is to take them to a campsite and spend the night surrounded by the wilderness. Here, you can tell stories about the environment, listen to nature’s beautiful sounds, and play outdoor games with the family. 

For instance, you can do a nature scavenger hunt to help kids discover new things outdoors. Create a list at home that your family can use as a guide when looking for certain types of plants and animals. You can educate your children further by providing them with information on what they cross off their list. 

One surprising way to make your camping trip more educational is by incorporating math in nature. You can teach your kids to measure trees and identify symmetry in natural scenarios or elements like bird formations and beehives. These activities will help children appreciate nature more technically and structurally.

Incorporate Art With Nature

Another way for kids to appreciate nature’s beauty more is by incorporating different elements in their creative projects. If they have a knack for drawing, you can take them to a natural park or beach to inspire them for their next piece. If they’re more keen on arts and crafts, you can use fallen leaves, twigs, flowers, or pebbles to make a beautiful collage. 

Meanwhile, you can take this opportunity to teach your children the importance of recycling. You can take on a creative project that utilizes recyclable materials like plastic bottles, paper, and tin cans. Some of the best crafts you can make include whimsical toys, watering cans, and room organizers.

Grow a Garden Together

Gardening offers a unique opportunity for families to bond and appreciate nature. It can also help you teach children about the responsibilities involved in growing life, from water to soil care. 

Grow different plants, flowers, and trees in your garden or planters indoors. You can assign them each a pot or area they must care for to hone their gardening skills. You can also teach them the beauty of sustainable living by growing fruits and vegetables at home.

Teach Them About Animals

Another way to help your kids appreciate and connect with the natural world more is by introducing them to different animals. You can take them to a zoo, aquarium, natural park, or farm to see and interact with various beautiful creatures. 

Use this opportunity to teach your kids about observing and cataloging animals. Through this activity, they can nurture their curiosity and widen their exploration of our world’s ecosystems.

Engage in a Cleanup Drive

Educating them about the adverse effects of human waste will help kids understand the urgency of cleaning up the environment, shaping them to grow as eco-friendly individuals. One of the best activities to teach them about the dangers of garbage is to take them on a cleanup drive. 

Go to public spaces like parks and benches, and teach them how each waste product affects the environment and the correct ways to eliminate it. You can also use this to teach your kids about proper segregation after collecting waste. Meanwhile, you can lecture them about the many eco-friendly practices your kids can do at home or in public. These include conserving resources and reusing certain materials. 

Moreover, this activity will help kids learn the importance of supporting the local community. They could also inspire other kids and parents to join the initiative.

Inspire the Next Eco-Warriors

Introducing children to nature’s true beauty will help evoke a sense of appreciation and responsibility for all living things. On the surface, these activities may seem simple. However, they could help shape tomorrow’s environmentalists to protect the world from the ongoing effects of global warming.

Cat Robinson is a freelance writer lucky enough to be living on the beautiful KwaZulu Natal coast of South Africa. Instilled with a love of language from an early age, she enjoys bending her pen to different subjects, researching new topics and, hopefully giving a touch of flair to every piece she writes!She is passionate about educating her readers through entertaining content that makes complex issues easier to understand and has written on topics as diverse as vegan nutrition to woodworking tools to travel. When she’s no writing or entertaining her three feline furbabies, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with indigenous plants – often with mixed results!