Children and Nature.

Hello! We're almost half way through the second week of school holidays here in Victoria, I hope everyone is enjoying them! This week I thought I'd share a few ideas on how to fill in the holidays, whilst nurturing our children's love of nature.

School holidays can be a very demanding time for parents, both mentally and financially. Finding ways to 'entertain' the kids that doesn't involve draining your savings account and / or pulling your hair out, can be really hard. But sometimes simple is best, and you know what they say, 'the best things in life are free'!

Respect and caring for the environment must be taught, and our children learn by example. If we are enjoying time in the outdoors, caring for it, and getting lost in it's amazement, then so will they.

Here are five things you could do with your children during the holidays, to encourage and support a love of Nature:

1. Plant a Tree. It doesn't have to be in the ground, particularly if you are renting or you don't have a garden bed in which to plant it. Instead, you could use a portable planter pot.

2. Bush Walk. It's a great way to get the kids exercising as well as yourself. Pack some snacks and enjoy a stroll. Expect to be stopping along the way to explore the finer details and look for wildlife. Children will notice things you won't, take the time to explore the bush through their eyes.

3. Picnic at the Park. A couple of sandwiches and some fruit will do, it doesn't have to be fancy. Just make sure you don't have to 'rush off' anywhere ... let the kids come and go from the picnic lunch, play, run around, and enjoy the freedom of eating outside.

4. Beach Stroll. Beaches are lovely in the Summer, but to be honest, I prefer them in Autumn and Winter! Grab a coat, beanie, scarf and possibly some gloves ... and head to the beach for a walk. Explore the rock pools, sand dunes and collect some seashells. maybe even build a sandcastle. There is so much to do at the beach, you can spend hours there in winter, and not worry about getting burnt!

5. Star Gazing. Pick a night with a clear sky, rug up and grab a blanket. I remember doing this with my mum when I was a little girl. We'd lay on a blanket in the front yard and look up at the stars ... we'd make shapes and cross our fingers that we'd see a shooting star!

Whatever you choose to do, do it with intention and be in that moment with your child. Those are the activities that mean something, those are the activities that they will remember.

Enjoy the rest of the holidays.

Thanks for reading,

Bianca x

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