What Kids Learn from Nature

Outdoor play and interacting with the natural world supports a young child’s curiosity, discovery and sense of wonder. Furthermore, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) asserts, children tend to be happy outdoors.

The Nature Conservancy notes that children who are exposed to nature care about the environment more and understand the need to protect the planet.

Take a Nature Walk!

A walk in the woods is wonderful, but the natural world can be found even in urban areas:

  • Take your toddler for a walk in your neighborhood or any other place with fresh air and things to see and do.
  • You can bring a bucket and collect things of interest, or just point out birds, animals, trees and flowers to each other.
  • If you do bring along something to collect things in, be aware that your toddler will probably empty its contents and start all over again— during your walk!

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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