Most of us don’t have acres and acres of land available for our children to explore on a daily basis or the time to explore it. Children are in school most of the day, then busy with homework, sports and other after school programs not to mention devices. It’s becoming rare to see children playing outside.
That’s why it’s our job to create that outdoor experience for them and bring nature closer to their and our daily life. Here are few ways you can do that:
Find a farm to adopt: build a relationship with the farmers, ask them how you can best support their work, find out if there are volunteer opportunities.
Go for a walk and ask questions about what you see, smell and hear. Stop to investigate a tree, rub your fingers over the bark, look for birds or nests, point out the various parts of plants and search for signs of seasonal change.
Go fruit and vegetable picking as often as you can. Pick apples in the fall, look for farms that offer berry picking, seek out farms that offer vegetable harvests.
If you do have a small garden or back yard set up a corner for your children to explore the soil. This should be a spot you are OK with being messy. A few jars, spoons and egg cartons for sorting discoveries are a good way to start.