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October 8th, 2012 at 7:26 am

Learning Right in Your Backyard

It is amazing all the things that nature can teach a child. The simple things like colors; the green grass, yellow leaves, blue sky, and purple flowers. It teaches patience; once a seed is planted it takes a while to grow. Or even creativity; ever stare up at the clouds and see shapes, or imagine a special place in a forest.

As the seasons change, it amazes me how my children experience such pure joy in nature. This weekend we raked the falling leaves and the boys jumped in piles for hours on end. In the spring, the sprouting of the first flower is always a celebration; just like the first winter snowfall.

Watching them experience nature can bring me pure joy. This weekend, as we cut down the dried flowers in the garden to prepare for winter, we came across a stalk of lilies that had dried. As it shook, it made a sound like a maraca and after we cut it we could shake seeds out. It was so exciting to watch the boys make a discovery like this.

Earlier in the week, we took a walk in a local nature center. Something as simple as an afternoon walk brought so many questions and discoveries. Our favorite part was the four turtles we saw floating on a log sunning themselves. Each one ranged in size, almost like a family of a mom, dad and two kids. Our discovery sent our minds spinning into stories of the turtle family and the adventures they have in the nature center.

Free entertainment is the best, and sometimes the most rewarding.

Do you ever take some time to just enjoy the outdoors?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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