I am so excited about the weekend. My kids and I are taking the babies to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles to participate in the Bug Fair. The babies absolutely love nature, and my one-year-old granddaughter absolutely loves bugs. She’ll squat down and watch them crawl around for hours outside. She gets so excited, that her tiny, little voice gets two octaves higher as she tells you (in her baby vocabulary) what’s going on.
THE MOST EFFECTIVE KIND OF EDUCATION IS THAT A CHILD SHOULD PLAY AMONGST LOVELY THINGS.PLATO
Kids are instinctively born scientists. They love experiencing the sights, the sounds, and the textures of nature, and what better way to learn than by doing. Introducing them to the outdoor natural world is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. It is ever changing, making it a lifelong learning experience and it teaches them how to respect nature and all living creatures that share this world with them.
In this constantly connected, technological world, we have to learn to unplug and explore the outdoors. There is a great information sheet published by North Carolina State University’s College of Design on the benefits of introducing children to their natural environments and their need for “Vitamin G” (green).
Our children are future curators of this world. If we are going to raise adults who are passionate about protecting and preserving our planet, then we need to help them develop a deep love and appreciation for it, and the only way to do that is to enable our children to grow comfortable with nature by exploring the awe and wonder of their natural world.
It’s that important.