This afternoon my 22-month old nephew and I were hugging the maple tree out back! I just touched the tree, then started hugging it and showed my nephew how, and he did it several times. (He loves hugging his dog, so why not the tree too?!?)
How can we help kids enjoy nature from the time they start walking:
-Take them outside as much as possible!
-Let them explore, study the bark.
-As they are interested, teach. As I lifted up my nephew to pretend climbing the tree, I pointed out the moss growing on the bark.
-Stop and smell the iris. Model love of nature for them to catch, and they will!
And one freebie: My nephew thought about going in the dog’s door, but then he said, “I too big!”
By M. H. Campbell