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Noticing Nature with Young Children

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Noticing Nature with Young Children

Debra Jacobs

If we want our children to grow up loving the natural world and making decisions that will protect it, we have to get them out into nature.

Today, play a game with your child called “What Do YouNotice?”

Go on a walk in a natural setting. If you live near woods, great! If not, walk in a park, on a college campus, along the banks of a river - anywhere green, preferably with trees.

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As you walk, ask your child to play a game with you called “What Do YouNotice?” Take turns pointing out details in nature:

• I notice that this leaf has lots of veins.

• I notice moss on the side of this tree. It’s green and velvety.

• I notice the berries on this bush are red.

Often as we walk our minds wander. This game helps you zoom in, both on nature and on your child. It also makes explicit the wonder that your child naturally experiences in a natural setting.

Have fun!