With Earth Day just around the corner, and the opportunity to teach some valuable life lessons as the recent article of Green Child speaks to including balance, empathy, courage, and responsibility. An opportunity to speak to the future of earth being in our hands and finding mindful ways to continue supporting earth all year. Below are 4 ways to get outside this Earth Day together with your child(ren):
1. Create a nature mandala in your front yard or in a near by forest. This allows art to be created and opportunity to be mindful of what exists in nature nearby.
2. Play a guessing game outside together either at a nearby park, nearby lake/river, or any outdoor place in nature that has meaning for you and your child(ren). Take turns choosing an item nearby in nature without saying the item, and they provide three clues about the item and allow the others to guess what it may be. This encourages taking turns, listening and observations skills.
3. Watch the sunrise or sunset together on Earth Day being as present as possible to the magnificence of this planet.
4. Go for a walk in a new nature place you have never been to together. Great opportunity to get out of our comfort zone or usual routine and try something new!
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I have been working with parents for over 10 years. I have learned a great deal from them as well as from parenting my own children. It has taught me that parenting is the most trying job there is, requires the support of a village, and with the right supports can be truly rewarding.