Are you wondering how to teach children respect for nature? Well, you may not have to go any further than your own backyard. Start by showing your kids all the amazing things that are living all around us. If they start to appreciate all the small things in their own backyard, like the birds, plants, and bugs; they will, no doubt, be fascinated by the large abundant life all around them.
Put up a bird feeder in your yard to attract different kinds of birds that the kids can learn to recognize. Take some pictures and try to match them with a bird watching book or a computer search. A physical bird book or scrapbook is generally the best idea because your child will feel more connected to something they can touch. There are many great children’s binoculars and monoculars on the market that are great for nature watching.
Bugs, more than likely, will get hauled into the house at some point. This might be an indication that a child is curious to see insects up close. Maybe buying an ant farm is the way to go. There are many options here. But it does take a certain amount of maintenance. The ants environment will have to be kept at a consistent temperature. Also the ant farm shouldn’t be moved or shaken at all or else the tunnels will cave in. It is a great and unique way for your child to see something from nature in its own habitat.
If you are lucky enough to have a backyard garden, there’s no better way to teach a child about the whole seed to table cycle. Maybe start with just a small little plot or row that your kids can plant and weed that is just strictly theirs. This will help to teach them about patience and responsibility. It will also give them a sense of accomplishment when they get to eat what they have grown. (Children also love playing in the dirt, so you might as well have them weeding while they’re at it- haha.)
Trees in the backyard are a great way to interact with nature. They can be a great example when explaining the seasons, the way the leaves change and how some trees produce food. They can see that birds nest in them. They could also put together a scrapbook of fallen leaves, but the most important thing about trees is the fun kids have climbing them.
There are so many fun educational toys for our children. The sky is the limit. But there is no substitute for being outside with the touch and smell of nature. Kids are curious and smart. They learn a lot on their own by exploring. Just get them outside. They’ll figure out what to do.Scientific Explorer Backyard Kit
Great backyard Scientific Exporer Kit for ages 4 and up. Get up close and personal with nature as seen through a microscope, build a birdfeeder or even a worm motel. Discover insects and creatures in you own backyard or a nearby park. This kit will help your little ones develop a curiosity for how things work in nature.Nature Series: Science on a Garden Adventure
Learn about garden plants, make a terrarium and learn about underground habitats. These are award winning science kits including the toy of the year award by Creative Child Magazine. Lots of learning activities in this kit. Make a sun dial, design a mini-garden and growing seeds are just some of the many educational activities in this one. It can be useful for any kids between 4 and 12 years giving it a very long lifespan as a purchase.Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit
This kit is fun and disgusting all at the same time. What actually grows on the body? Learning about body parts is fun and educational. You might as well get them started early growing molds and bacteria. Recommended for kids 8 years and older with adult supervision. It includes petri dishes, cotton swabs, a magnifier and a whole lot more.TickleMe Plant Deluxe Greenhouse Kit with Paint Set For Kids with Fun Activity Science Card ” Grow the only House Plant that closes its leaves and lowers it branches when you Tickle It)
Part green house, part educational, part paint set and all fun for kids 5 years and up. Comes with all you need to grow your own interactive plant. Get one to find out just what the heck that actually is. Seeds, pots, greenhouse and acrylic paints provide for hours of creative learning.Be Amazing Toys Big Bag Of Science
This is one big bag of science and fun. There are more than 70 fascinating and creative activities included. It is a parents choice and multiple award winning toy. Great for school science fair projects for kids 8 to 12 years of age. Test tubes, Iron filings and magnet, Ballon, shaker slime cup, magnifying glass, multiple papers and beads, and so much more in this bag of science toys.
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