Sensitizing children to the protection of Nature is easier if education is dressed in the irresistible disguise of the game. Indeed, recreational activities are a great way to attract the attention of the smallest of the house to the beauty and richness of the environment. Not understood from a practical approach, but bringing them closer to their essence so that they know and value their soul.
If you have children, grandchildren or nephews, for example, and you are a nature lover, you will probably want to make them discover its great beauty and need for protection. In this Green Ecologist article we will discover some of the best games to make children aware of the importance of nature.
The activities that we will propose below, they seek to create, from the earliest childhood, a feeling of ecological awareness so that throughout their lives it can serve as a teaching. Not in vain, in addition to inheriting it in good condition, a challenge for adults, it will then be up to them to take care of it and be its best protectors.
To achieve this, there is nothing like helping them discover the environment without invading it, enjoying it as privileged observers of the great show of the life. Only then will they be able to understand him and, as the famous phrase says, finally knowing him will be loving him. Only then will we have fulfilled our role as educators.
Playful activities that allow to sensitize children in favor of the preservation of biodiversity are very often related to the exploration of Nature. The possibilities are as many as our imagination dictates.
We can encourage them to do it as if they were adventurers. Always under the necessary supervision, of course, but letting them equip themselves as if they were explorers, with their backpacks, their binoculars, their compass, their chirucas … and without forgetting comfortable clothing, hydration and hats or caps for sun protection.
It is not about receiving a master class in the field but to let them ask questions, and help them answer them. Being imaginative is a plus that they will appreciate and will help them get involved.
The richness of the ecosystem ranges from what is seen at a glance to a whole microscopic world, so they can also be equipped with magnifying glasses to observe insects or any other detail. Always without disturbing the animals, touching them, much less picking them up or mistreating them.
Knowing the small and the big, being aware of the complexity of ecosystems, their constant bustle and activity will make them feel part of a whole, and understand the importance of preserving species.
Likewise, when arriving home, with the collection of natural materials made (dry leaves, sand, pebbles, seashells, etc.) can make very fun and creative crafts. Or, simply, they can draw pictures of their day out, color them in, make a small model of a bird or a tree with recycled paper …
Ideally, we can take advantage of the exits to the field so that the little ones have fun reading. If we want to avoid protests and boredom, let's spend some time choosing titles almost almost strategically.
The key to turning reading into a playful act is in the good choice of titles and, in the case of the little ones, in reading them stories aloud, even dramatizing them. If the story does not hook them, the opposite effect can occur, and cause rejection.
Logically, we can also do it in digital mode, with tablets or ebooks and, if we feel creative, write our own stories and do read-aloud sessions looking for the participation of the Kids.
Playing hide and seek, pass the ball, hide and seek or organize a gincama treasure hunt will make children spend precious moments in the middle of Nature.
Playing with the sand or the earth is also interesting, although it carries a certain risk in places where they are certain bacteria. This is an exceptional situation, and often getting dirty with mud and playing outside in general will make them feel close to her, while also improving their behavior.
Among other effects, it favors self-confidence, sociability, helps them assess risks and difficulties for themselves, while helping them to discharge stress and stimulate their imagination. Let's take advantage of these benefits to channel their endless energy into games and activities that make them better know and appreciate the environment.
Organic gardening or farming is a great option for them to have fun and learn these green values. Starting them in the care of their own plants means from in person the great little miracle of life to, for example, picking their own crops, photographing their flowers and, finally, enjoying the Nature actively participating in its growth.
In fact, taking responsibility for your plants will make you feel proud of them, of how beautiful it looks, of how they grow, and of how they have overcome such or such difficulties with your help.
The planet is made up of the sea, the land and the air, and the sky is part of Nature. Let's take advantage of the magic to initiate the little ones in astronomy. It will suffice with basic principles, that we can to take advantage of for learn so do we, and teach them when we contemplate the sky together.
Looking at the stars as a family is one nice activity which can also lead to the invention of stories that will have an unforgettable something special. And, even better, let's take advantage of a camping night to invent a song inspired by the beauty of a starry night and sing it along with a guitar or harmonica.
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