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8 Books to Inspire a Childhood of Outdoor Nature Play

8 Books to Inspire a Childhood of Outdoor Nature Play

Does the idea of getting outside with your family intimidate you?  What do you DO when you get out there?

I rounded up eight books full of activities, inspiration, and resources for an entire childhood's worth out outdoor nature play no matter the weather or location.  No matter your comfort and skill level, you can inspire and explore nature together as a family! 

Show. Don't Tell.

Show. Don't Tell.

Show and tell might be helpful for sharing at circle time, but when it comes to young children the show is much more important than the tell.   I bet you've already experienced the power of showing your child something, like that time your toddler said "that phrase you don't say in public" when she dropped her plate.  

Here's how you can purposefully show a skill to your young child, step by step. 

Respectfully, I must disagree. A game to teach your child HOW to think.

Respectfully, I must disagree.  A game to teach your child HOW to think.

We've all got opinions, values and views.    To respectfully hear another person's opinion is, I would argue, a necessary life skill.   It requires keeping an open mind, critical thinking,  and empathy. 

It's not easy, trust me.  But it is teachable.  

5 Words to Change "I Can't" to "I'm Capable"

5 Words to Change "I Can't" to "I'm Capable"

 How do you encourage a very young child to practice and repeat an action on their own? Two magic words, said with a quiet suggestion.  And three more to say when they succeed.   This article includes a real, unscripted video of myself and 2 year old K.  Watch to see what I said, when I didn't say anything, and how I offered assistance.