This morning, a new book I have been waiting for finally arrived; I Love Dirt by Jennifer Ward. It was a beautiful day today. So, I stole a moment while the kids were napping to escape and enjoy the silence and my new book. I was treated with a gentle breeze and a song from the leaves in the trees rustling merrily. What is it about being in nature that seems to wash all the negativity away and lends to the mind we can do whatever we deem possible?
â€œI love Dirtâ€, is filled with wonder and knowledge. The bookâ€™s title includes the line â€œ52 activities to help you and your kids discover the wonder of natureâ€. I would not call them activities, but more along the lines of science exploration. The chapters are divided by season. The â€œactivityâ€ will suggest a part of nature to explore such as animals, plants, weather and space. Using a scientistâ€™s point of view you and your child discuss the elements.
Fall has begun in select areas of the world. You could talk about why leaves fall. You could discuss gravity and the seasons. You could talk about wind and the sounds it makes and how wind is used for energy. Try catching falling leaves. Play a game by collecting objects to see which ones can be moved by the wind. Another idea I liked requires a game of hide-n-seek. First, explain what camouflage is. Then, ask your child to think about how different bugs and animals in nature use markings and color to survive.
I Love Dirt is a fun book filled with adventures to explore with the whole family. It is simple to read. And the best part is, you do not need buy anything.
Take your nature journey even farther by heading to your local library. Find books based on the aspects of nature that your child would like to know more about. Better yet, grab your books, a blanket and some snacks and head outside to connect with nature.