CHILDREN NEED TO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH NATURE
Children’s emotional and affective values of nature develop earlier than their abstract, logical and rational perspectives (Kellert 2002). We need to allow children to develop their biophilia, their love for the Earth, before we ask them to save it.
Here is a beautiful and magical way for children to discover their deep rooted connection to the trees and all of nature : Storytelling with Stick People
We Protect What We Love
Please take a moment to read just a few of the grade 3,4 and 5 students speeches on their feelings on why tehy love trees. Each student made a stick person after collecting fallen branches during our observational walk in the woods as part of our Artstarts project “Music and Stories from the Spirit of the Trees”.
“The trees give life”
“Lily says every tree has a story. Birds sing on the branches”
“Trees inspire artists like Emily Carr”
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” Rachel Carson
“Loila, my stick person loves to climb trees and slide down the leaves”
“Lenny would like to say that trees give us oxygen.”
“I love the colour of trees in Autumn. I love sitting in the shade when its too hot .”
Every child should get to make at least one stick person during their childhood. This simple, soulful nature art activity helps to reestablish our relationship with nature, with each other, and to strengthen our kinship with all life. Making stick people and creating stories helps to link us with the environment in which we live; the stories teach us what we have forgotten in our busy urban lives, they remind us to bring peace and harmony into our lives, and bring to the forefront of our consciousness the importance of time spent reconnecting with nature. I feel incredibly fortunate to witness children falling in love with the trees through this playful nature art activity.
Why Nature Art Matters – watch the video:
Wishing you all a beautiful and creative weekend in nature, love and peace Marghanita x