Take a nature walk through a park, in the woods, or in the country (depending on where the child lives). Discuss what is seen and what happens in nature, including the weather.
While walking, the adult can point out what is seen in nature and share information about nature with the child (e.g., “When trees have leaves, the leaves change colors and fall down”.) This often prompts the child to ask a question (“Why?” or “Why don’t they fall now?”) Talk about the sun, the sky, clouds, as well.
The child will talk about what she sees and tell adults what she knows using nature vocabulary (e.g., “Trees have roots under the ground.”)
Talking about nature teaches children to be interested in science. Parents can talk about the clouds and weather, look at the moon and stars at night, search for birds and insects in the yard or park, and so on. Encourage parents to take nature walks, visit the zoo or natural history museum, go on a “field trip” for pumpkins or picking berries, visit a petting zoo, and so on. These experiences are important for children who live in the city and don’t have opportunities to encounter the bigger picture of nature.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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