Nature is an amazing thing which sometimes as adults – quite frankly – we take massively for granted. One of the things I’m so thankful for in motherhood is that my daughter has helped me slow down and see the everyday wonder that is nature for all the wow-factor it really is. It’s no surprise that children are so fascinated by nature – after all there are so many life lessons nature can teach children because nature is not only the greatest playground but also the most amazing classroom too.
Whether they’re lying on the grass looking up at clouds, marvelling at ants busying away or listening to the pure joy that is bird song, the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of nature provide so many opportunities for discovery.
We have teamed up with the fantastic National Geographic Kids to tell you about their great new FREE resource – the Home is Good hub. Available on the National Geographic Kids website, the free online portal is packed full of exciting activities for families and is perfect for lockdown and beyond and offers children the opportunity to explore the world around them from the comfort of their own home.
Activities include daily craft challenges, inspiring environment challenges, quizzes, games, cool videos and the chance to discover more about animals. The Home is Good hub has been designed to stimulate curiosity and provide immersive experiences that make any kid feel like an explorer whether they are inside or outside.
5 life lessons nature can teach children
Nature teaches there is a right time for everything
The changing of the seasons, the first sight of snowdrops, the butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, the migration of birds after summer – the amazingly balanced, cyclical nature of life teaches children there is a right time for everything and because nature achieves everything without hurrying, playing witness to this helps children develop their own capacity for patience – a really valuable life lesson in this this fast-paced, on-demand modern world we live in!
There is beauty and potential in everything
Nature teaches children to slow down and look for the beauty in details, whether it’s marvelling at how many swirls there are on a snail shell, looking at the intricate pattern of a flying ants wings, or oooohing and ahhhhhing over the different shapes of the leaves on the ground. It also teaches that there is always beauty to be found everywhere in this world, so long as you slow down, open your eyes, and look for it.
Life doesn’t need to be so materialistic
Sometimes I feel like we’re all worshipping at the alter at consumerism….but thankfully nature really does teach children that the best things in life are free. When they’re in nature, they really have the best seat in the house for the most coveted show in the world – the animals and insects going about their daily life, the sun sets and the stars, the water and the sun. Nature teaches that you don’t need to have money for everything in this world, and in turn some amazing things just can not be bought with money.
The bad times don’t last
The weather might be absolutely horrific – there might be cracking thunder storms, or fogs you can’t see in, or penetrating winds, but these always pass on, and watching and feeling this as a child teaches them that sure – bad things and times happen, but they always blow over.
Communication is key
The ability to communicate effectively with others is so important to the lives of all creatures. Whether it’s earthworms communicating through touch and taste, or squirrels warning each other about nearby predators, nature teaches that communication is essential for survival of all living beings.
To celebrate the Home is Good hub we have teamed up with National Geographic Kids to offer you the chance to win an annual subscription to the monthly magazine – which will be delivered straight to your door. Nat Geo Kids immerses children in exciting, inspiring and real experiences that ignite their curiosity about the world.