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Walk Outside and Look Around
Nature is all around you, even if you live in an urban environment. From grass to trees, birds to insects, gardens to abandoned lots, cities are full of living things. Exploring with your children provides you with a bonding opportunity disguised as a new adventure.
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Explore and Learn Together
Bring an illustrated nature guidebook with you the next time you visit a forest, field, stream or pond. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with what plants and animals to be cautious about. Then encourage your children to poke around with you to see what you can find. Try sitting still. What do you see? What do you hear? Smell? Carefully turn over that log or rock. Use your field guide to identify trees, plants, animals and insects that you see and find. Show your children how to safely turn their curiosity into learning.
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Grow Something
A great way to introduce kids to nature is to grow something with them. Herbs like mint, oregano or basil are particularly easy to plant and grow, and they provide opportunities to children to interact with the plant using their senses of sight, smell, touch and taste. If you have the space, consider planting a small vegetable garden or flowerbed. Your kids will learn important lessons as they take responsibility for other living things.