Here are some ideas on connecting with nature from the book Vitamin N by Richard Louv
- Put nature on the calendar. Don’t just wait for inspiration, plan to go out and take a nature walk, go to the park, plant some flowers. Find something you enjoy doing outside.
- Think of nature time as enrichment time. We often dismiss leisure time and time outside as nice but non-essential. Time spent in nature is as important to a child’s development as activities we consider educational.
- Play a game called Walk this Way. Take a hike and have your child imitate animals they might see. Use props like hats, swords, binoculars and walkie talkies. Let children take turns being the leader of the hike.
- Go on a moon walk. Take a walk when the moon is full. You will see nature in a whole new way. Bring a flashlight for safety but also turn it off a times. Listen for animal sounds, look for things that glow in the moonlight like tree fungus.
- Lose the cell phone. Make a pact to leave the cell phone in your pocket. This will help you be more present for your child. It will help you key into the things your child is seeing and feeling.
- Recognize that boredom isn’t necessarily a negative. Often when we think back on our own childhood the best memories come from spontaneous experiences when boredom pushed us to find something creative to do.