Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley’s Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature begins with this quote from Albert Einstein, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Two delightful ways to take a break from the bustle of the holidays and rouse a child’s curiosity are to share this new book with your child (ages 8-12) and take a winter walk—in a park, in the woods, or your own backyard.
“What tracks, nests, birds, seeds, and trees do we see?”
“What do we hear?”
“What is different about the landscape in the winter from the summer?”
“What animals have migrated? . . . hibernated?”
“What food sources are available for animals in winter?”
“How is our city, county, state, or country protecting wildlife?”
Visit local nature preserves. Find a program or guided walk in which you may participate as a family.
For books for young children about the seasons visit online https://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/detailLists.asp?idBookListCat=7 or try these favorites:
- Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
- Which season is it? by Bobbie Kalman
- A Bunny for All Seasons by Janet Schulman
- Seasons by Anne Crasaz,
What Makes the Seasons? by Megan Montague Cash
For timeless ideas read Sharing Nature with Children, 20th Anniversary Edition: the classic parents’ and teachers’ nature awareness guidebook (1998) by Joseph Cornell.
Image ©Susan Young Hoffman 2016