Nature walks are one of our favorite outdoor activities. So much loose parts to find along the way. We take them back to the classroom where more discoveries and learning take place.
We gathered pinecones, feathers, mushrooms, flowers, sticks, tree barks, insects and more. Learning with nature is one of the best ways to help children form an appreciation of this beautiful world.
Summertime = lots of insects. We encourage the children to hold, touch and examine the insects. When children are introduced to insects, frogs and little critters at an early age, they may have less fear of them. Mushroom observation. Our midwest climate yields mushrooms in most yards and we find them in many shapes and sizes. Field of dandelions – these are practically everywhere we go. And some of our neighbors grow only dandelions…Children love to pick or blow them. Wildflowers make a great bouquet. I love to pick these for our classroom decor. Those menacing maple pods are a gift to children. They use them as helicopters and other imaginative play. Here this child is using them at the mud kitchen for food and a car wash.
Natural loose parts are all around us…let’s incorporate them into our classrooms and help children with investigative learning – Miss Sue