a blog from seedling
By Lacy Stroessner
One of our favorite things to do as a family is explore nature. Whether we go on a long hike or a simple nature walk, it is always something to be enjoyed. Nature always inspires me. It centers me and brings me back. Even my toddlers seem to be calmed by spending time outdoors.
When we are on a nature walk, we try to be great observers. We have been teaching our daughters about using their five senses, so when we walk, we point out what we see, hear, smell, and sometimes feel or taste! We ask our oldest daughter to point out the things that catch her eye. "I see a tree." "What kind of a tree?" "A green tree!" "Is all of the tree green?" "Well... it's brown too." "What part is brown?" "Um, this part!" It goes on and on and on, as most of the conversations with my two year-old do. In these conversations, she is learning to be specific, to pay attention, to use her senses to describe and experience something. Little ones always want to take some part of nature home with them. My daughter Addie always wants to pick a flower or keep a stick. Depending on where we are and what she'd like to keep, we sometimes let her. Bringing little pieces of nature inside is special. During our nature walk last week, we collected some fun things: tall grass, dandelions, a fern, and some other neat plants. When we got home, we turned it into art! Simply using construction paper and tape, we made a little nature display to go on our fridge. Addie even wanted to make an "A" using the things she found outdoors.
On your next nature walk, see what you notice. Bring back a few pieces of the outdoors to create into a masterpiece!