Childrens fun in the forrest

I found a needle!
I found a needle!

Introduce your child to nature!

When the child is pre-school age, you do not have to teach the proper name of things. That will come later. Just let them use their eyes, hands and ears to enjoy nature. Teach them that some things should never be wasted in the forrest because this is the animal babies home.

I have been working with children age 5 - 12 and teaching them about nature. When they are younger, they need to learn to just enjoy the wild nature. Help them to not be afraid. Allow them to learn silence. There is a really lovely game here. Close the eyes and listen to your own breathing for a while. Then listen to other sounds in the woods. It could be the wind that they feel on the cheek. May be a bird singing to us. Bumble bees, flies and the sound of the tree tops moving.

Tech them to not pick, remove or destroy things they see. There is much in the forrest that you can just listen to, look at or smell.

Needles and leaves

One thing that I know that they like is to see the difference of needles - in many lengths - and leaves. The birch has leaves and the pine needles. They will be observant from now on. That is the whole meaning with this "lesson" out in the forrest!

Buy some eye loupes!

These loupes are often sold where you can buy cameras or photo equipment. I found the best ones in a little store for looking at stamps.Since I was working with classes of children, the stamp store sold many over the years=) .Try to find a kind of loupe that you can put a band around so the child can have it hanging around the neck. Otherwise they get excited and leave it there to run and tell you what they have found!

I must say that this is the BEST investment I have ever done. To look at things in the forrest through a loupe is an adventure of a special kind. Common bark suddenly turn into a new exciting world. Ants, small bugs and craves open up to the child. Look at a leave and you can see the little tiny openings on the surface. Look at a pine cone or a flower. Everything is now changing into a dimention you did not know was there.

Cameras for beginners

Fujifilm Finepix J10 8.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Matte Black)
Fujifilm Finepix J10 8.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Matte Black)

8.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints

 
Kidizoom Camera Special Edition (Camo)
Kidizoom Camera Special Edition (Camo)

4-in-1: photos, movies, games (built-in games either on camera or connected to tv), and photo editing software

 
Canon PowerShot A480 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Blue)
Canon PowerShot A480 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Blue)

Close up of an insect! 10.0-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for prints up to 13 x 19 inches

 

Our digital age allow freedom of photos

The digital camera is one of the most wonderful things for learning children. They can take photos of the flowers and bees, the friends and the trees. They can watch them at home and enjoy the memories. And then the pictures can be deleted or saved, what ever is ok.

Macro photos will show the young ones this wonderful world of nature that we often overlook. The stamens and pistils, the wings of a butterfly and so on. Just teach the child to use the camera properly and not view it as a plastic toy. A camera is worth to treat carefully.

Many of the cameras these days can survive if we drop them, manage rain and dirty little hands. The whole idea is to make the child AWARE of the beauty in the forrest or on the beach.

Some of the new digital cameras allow video films too. Imagine taking a movie of a butterfly or a dog running away. These videos make the memory really alive.

May be you can borrow the camera and take a photo of the person looking through a loupe?

A fortaste of macro photo

More books for children with questions

Why?: The Best Ever Question and Answer Book about Nature, Science and the World around You
Why?: The Best Ever Question and Answer Book about Nature, Science and the World around You

What child hasn't wondered about how the fizz gets in soda, why the sky is blue, and innumerable other questions adults cannot always answer?

 
Janice VanCleave's Play and Find Out about Nature: Easy Experiments for Young Children (Play and Find Out Series)
Janice VanCleave's Play and Find Out about Nature: Easy Experiments for Young Children (Play and Find Out Series)

These activities are designed to help children to find out about "Basic Life-Forms," "Predators and Prey," "Body Temperature," "Animal Movement," "Plant Growth," "Plant Parts," and "Flowers.

 
The Kid's Book of Questions and Answers
The Kid's Book of Questions and Answers

Fascinating Facts About Nature, Science, Space and Much More!

 

Do you too feel at home in a forrest? 2 comments

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mulberry1 6 years ago

I think all children need to learn about nature and the earth. Cameras are a great way of exploring the world around us and they allow kids to "collect things" while still leaving them intact.


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Excellent hub and great for the kids to learn in this way.

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