The wind picked up a little today and my walk through the woods had a very pleasing crunch. It was difficult to NOT kick my feet through the leaves (so I did!). Even harder to imagine that some people wouldn’t realise just how wonderful this can be.
Encouraging children, and some adults too, to make that first step towards rekindling a relationship with nature can be a difficult task. But Autumn is here and the trees provide us with a simple solution for bringing the outdoors indoors.
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- On your next walk, collect some leaves. If you can go one step further and get the kids involved in the leaf collection – all the better! Try to get a number of different types.
- Make sure the leaves are whole and slightly pliable if possible (helps reduce breakage).
- Take these little pieces of the outdoors indoors and compare them to tree identification information. A great resource chart can be found here, Tree Name Trail: A Guide to Common Trees.
Naming is a very useful way to bring many aspects of nature closer to a reluctant outdoors person.
Knowing which trees are in your local natural environment can be of great benefit to understanding a little more about how our landscape works. Trees for tools, for fuel, food and shelter – basic bushcraft knowledge.
Beginning to identify the outdoors indoors can be just the spark necessary to jump start a powerful relationship with nature. And with that a greater respect and understanding for maintaining the delicate balance of our natural world.