Observe the child in the back yard or a park. Take a basket or box containing three plastic or paper bowls to gather materials from nature.
Tell the child she gets to collect items from nature. Let her find items she wants (safe and acceptable) and decide where to put them in her basket.
The child will group most of the items that are alike together.
Help parents understand that collecting items is one way a child learns about the world. The parent can set up little boxes or containers for the child to keep her treasures.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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