How to Help Kids Take Care of The Environment and Nature?

How to Help Kids Take Care of The Environment and Nature?

by | Feb 2, 2021 | Nature and Kids | 0 comments

Introduction:

“Children grow up hearing how broken the environment is, how broken beyond repair.  Plant strawberries together, make wild medicines, paint the sunrise. Show them proof that for every act of destruction, they can sow a seed, however small, of beauty.” ~Nicolette Sowder

Why is it Important to Take Care of Our Environment?

The world indeed is a mess. Deforestation, wildfires and whatnot! What our children need to learn at this moment is not to care for what is going on. They need to care for what they can do to create beauty around them. As responsible adults, it is our duty to inspire and empower our children to be caring. Irrespective of their age, we can engage kids to join the ‘forces’ that work towards caring for nature. 

We can’t expect children to automatically learn to care about nature. We need to focus on their behaviour and appreciate every small act of kindness. Above all, we need to set perfect examples. It is our responsibility to teach our children to appreciate nature as a whole. 

In the crowd of smartphones and tablets, we have almost forgotten to tell our kids to go out and be in nature’s lap. Well, there are not as many open spaces around us as we had in our childhood. So, how can we encourage kids to be free? We can plan trips. Instead of luxurious resorts with four-walls, we can go to nature camps. Instead of an elephant ride, we can visit a sanctuary. That is how, we can inspire our kids to discover the wonders that nature has to offer.

How Can Kids Help The Environment?

Encourage children to interact with nature – experiential learning of our environment.

Encourage unstructured and spontaneous time in the ‘outdoors’ in the presence of nature, for the kids and ourselves.

Foster observation, discovery, and imagination about nature.

Create daily opportunities to use nature as a source of testing and learning.

Helping the children to understand the world – other species, soil, water, and all living organisms – that will foster respect and awe. 

Nature learning experiences to be developmentally and age appropriate.

Support regular affinity to nature – for example, learning about the birds and plants in the garden/neighbourhood rather than in a remote far off location/forest.

Build a connection with nature through positive sharing, rather than focusing only on the concerns and negative facts about the earth.

Share stories, art, craft, traditions, and experiences of your culture about nature, to inspire empathy and commitment.

Use a free and common sense approach to support kids in the challenges they may face in their outdoor learning

Tolerate messiness that is a given with outdoor banter and energetic fun. Lead by example! 

Schools lead by example by promoting energy efficiency, sustainable environment processes, healthier learning environments, and other examples of caring for nature.

Technology is useful, but it’s lure must never overpower the allure of nature. Technology is a great tool to teach kids about nature.

Conclusion:

Our kids deserve to remain connected with nature – to breathe in the beauty and to experience it first-hand. It is our duty and responsibility as adults, parents, and teachers to keep our planet healthy and beautiful. This would encourage our kids to spend more time outdoors and appreciate the proximity to nature. It is our duty to leave for them a healthy planet for a healthy future. Let them experience the arms of Mother Nature – today!

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How to Help Kids Take Care of The Environment and Nature?

by | Feb 2, 2021 | Nature and Kids | 0 comments

Introduction:

“Children grow up hearing how broken the environment is, how broken beyond repair.  Plant strawberries together, make wild medicines, paint the sunrise. Show them proof that for every act of destruction, they can sow a seed, however small, of beauty.” ~Nicolette Sowder

Why is it Important to Take Care of Our Environment?

The world indeed is a mess. Deforestation, wildfires and whatnot! What our children need to learn at this moment is not to care for what is going on. They need to care for what they can do to create beauty around them. As responsible adults, it is our duty to inspire and empower our children to be caring. Irrespective of their age, we can engage kids to join the ‘forces’ that work towards caring for nature. 

We can’t expect children to automatically learn to care about nature. We need to focus on their behaviour and appreciate every small act of kindness. Above all, we need to set perfect examples. It is our responsibility to teach our children to appreciate nature as a whole. 

In the crowd of smartphones and tablets, we have almost forgotten to tell our kids to go out and be in nature’s lap. Well, there are not as many open spaces around us as we had in our childhood. So, how can we encourage kids to be free? We can plan trips. Instead of luxurious resorts with four-walls, we can go to nature camps. Instead of an elephant ride, we can visit a sanctuary. That is how, we can inspire our kids to discover the wonders that nature has to offer.

How Can Kids Help The Environment?

Encourage children to interact with nature – experiential learning of our environment.

Encourage unstructured and spontaneous time in the ‘outdoors’ in the presence of nature, for the kids and ourselves.

Foster observation, discovery, and imagination about nature.

Create daily opportunities to use nature as a source of testing and learning.

Helping the children to understand the world – other species, soil, water, and all living organisms – that will foster respect and awe. 

Nature learning experiences to be developmentally and age appropriate.

Support regular affinity to nature – for example, learning about the birds and plants in the garden/neighbourhood rather than in a remote far off location/forest.

Build a connection with nature through positive sharing, rather than focusing only on the concerns and negative facts about the earth.

Share stories, art, craft, traditions, and experiences of your culture about nature, to inspire empathy and commitment.

Use a free and common sense approach to support kids in the challenges they may face in their outdoor learning

Tolerate messiness that is a given with outdoor banter and energetic fun. Lead by example! 

Schools lead by example by promoting energy efficiency, sustainable environment processes, healthier learning environments, and other examples of caring for nature.

Technology is useful, but it’s lure must never overpower the allure of nature. Technology is a great tool to teach kids about nature.

Conclusion:

Our kids deserve to remain connected with nature – to breathe in the beauty and to experience it first-hand. It is our duty and responsibility as adults, parents, and teachers to keep our planet healthy and beautiful. This would encourage our kids to spend more time outdoors and appreciate the proximity to nature. It is our duty to leave for them a healthy planet for a healthy future. Let them experience the arms of Mother Nature – today!

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