The adult can elicit vocabulary by being a player. In dramatic play outdoors, say, “I am making a museum of nature for people to come and see.”
Discuss the colors of things the child finds, and point out other colors in nature. Ask, “Are rocks alive? How do you know?” “Oh, look at that ant! Is he alive?”
The child has some understanding of life, but it may be connected to movement. “It’s dead. It’s not moving.”
When the early childhood educators and parents participate in this outdoor dramatic play they will have an opportunity to see how the outdoors and nature can be a great learning place for the child. Encourage them to help the child notice the various characteristics of the different things in nature.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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