The house needed tidying and as a dutiful husband I got my rubber glov-ahem-wellies out and took my 3-year-old on a walk so Circus Queen could tidy like a dervish. I know so chauvinist!
So we went for a wander in the nearby forest we are lucky to have right on our door step. Every time we go here I try new paths and see new bits.
We found a tree that looked like a deer
I want to get my daughters connected to nature and the environment. My good friend Dan Crocket recently wrote about this on the Huffington Post …
The greatest fear of disconnection with nature, and the widest response thus far, seems to be for children. At some point, society separates our young people from the natural world, reinforcing a doctrine that has been evolving for hundreds of years. There’s a transition point, before which the poet Anita Barrows confirms; “the infant has an awareness not only of human touch, but of the touch of the breeze on her skin, variations in light and colour, temperature, texture, sound.” Once we are walking and talking, the natural world appears to us in its full faculty.
Wilding my children is a bit of a mission of mine. So I’m keen to not just breeze through the local forest, with the 3-year-old on my back or on my shoulders, but stop. Look around at the details and get her to take it all in and examine her surroundings. Hopefully get her noticing things.
We started looking at leaves, the different shapes and the myriad of colours. We started making a little picture from our collections.
Although I guided the pattern, she was full of ideas of where things should go. I wasn’t expected this but it turned into a bit of a maths lesson as she counted out the leaves we needed, and an art lesson, as we found different colours and made our picture.
I worry I don’t get her out in nature enough. Opportunities when we live in a city like Bristol are few and far between for her to get immersed daily. Maybe Nature Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend and I won’t have to worry. And as Dan put’s it, “[The wild] enters your pores by osmosis, and once it’s under your skin, good luck forgetting”, so it is my duty to introduce my kids to it, to get them excited by nature so that it sticks with them for life.