How often do children get the opportunity to explore their natural surroundings?
In today’s busy world, children spend far too much time in cars, in front of the television or ‘plugged in’ to computers.
They simply don’t get out and explore, and experience all that the natural world has to offer.
Taking your grandchildren to the park can be such an enriching experience, and one they certainly won’t forget.
Teach them to appreciate nature by looking closely at the trees, the leaves and the gardens. Discuss the different colors, shapes and smells.
Do the different trees have the same bark? What does it feel like and smell like?
Explore the different textures of leaves, petals and flowers. Teach children not to pick them off, but to leave them where they should be, that way the plants will continue to grow for our enjoyment year after year.
Depending upon the time of year, and your locale there will be a great deal of things happening and all they need to do is stop and look.
If it’s winter, the trees maybe leave-less and seem barren, but what is happening on the ground and in the soil? Are there mushrooms sprouting or little bugs enjoying the leaf mulch?
Autumn is a wonderful time to experience the changing colors of leaves, and in hotter climates many trees and bushes flower in autumn.
Then, of course, there’s spring and summer where nature showcases her best and becomes busy.
Respecting the Wildlife
Even in the smallest of parks there will be creatures and critters to discover.
What creatures can they see? What are the bees or flies doing? Who else is enjoying the park?
There might be larger animals to watch. When observing them with your grandchildren make sure you teach them important safety boundaries and how enjoy wild animals without interfering with them.
Learning to Slow Down
In our very busy times, children more than ever need to spend time doing quieter things, and just slowing down. They need to learn to appreciate activities which don’t cost a lot but which add so much to their lives.
We can offer our grandchildren so much by just being with them; spending time and creating precious memories. Children don’t always remember the expensive gifts you bought them, but they do remember the times you spent together at the park and the fun you shared.
About Susan Day
Susan Day is a passionate author, educator and, of course, a grandmother. She wants to empower all grandparents to build meaningful relationships with their grandchildren. Discover here the Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing.
Susan lives in country Australia with four dogs, three bossy cats, three rescue guinea pigs, and an errant kangaroo.