Today I read a rather sad article – Children are forgetting the names for plants and animals
A recent UK study has revealed 83% of children between the ages of five and 16 can’t identify a bumblebee. The article by Katharine Rooney goes on to explain :
When 1,000 children were shown pictures of native plants and animals, 82% did not recognize an oak leaf and nearly five out of 10 failed to spot a bluebell.
In the survey, carried out for the family activity application Hoop, 26% of children said they had little or no interest in nature. A third of parents blamed too much screen time. (read here: Link to article
What can we do?
We need to make time to restore our relationship with the natural world. Relationships take time and commitment, our relationship with nature is no different.
Time in nature opens our hearts and makes us realise we are part of nature too.
The Power of Nature Art
A beautiful and magical way to actively engage children with nature is through creative explorations.
“Nature inspires creativity in a child by demanding visualization and the full use of the senses” Richard Louv –Last Child in the Woods
Through creative nature play children begin to fall in love with the birds and the insects, the dandelions, the trees and the bumblebees.
Here are just a few of the names children didn’t recognise in the survey: Bumblebee; Oak leaf; Woodpecker; Dandelion; Conker; Robin; Fox
Here’s what we do at Educating the Heart to help children fall in love with the oak trees and the bumblebees; the woodpecker and the humble dandelion…
Simple Nature Art
Helping to remember the names of plants and animals
Dandelion Love – upclose and personal with the enchanting little dandelion – who doesn’t love to make dandelion crowns and blow fairy wishes! Read post here: Dandelion Love
The Mighty Oak and her fairy friends – read post here A is for Acorn
Storytelling with Stick People – read more about this inspiring little booklet here: Storytelling with Nature
Falling in love with the birds
Foxy drama and storytelling – a series of nature based art activities for all ages – learning more about the fox and its habitat both in the countryside and the city. Read post here: Nurturing the Childs Creative Spirit
Let’s play Conkers -watch the video
We Protect What We Love
If you would like to learn more about our online Nature Art Program simply click here : NATURE ART PROGRAM
References: World Economic Forum – Children are forgetting the names for plants and animals Written by Katharine Rooney – Article Katharine Rooney