Therefore, building the right ecological attitude should start as early as possible. After all, every – even the smallest – developed economic habit can have positive effects for the next generations! How to talk to children to teach them to be empathetic to nature? Here are a few tips.
First of all – communicating with nature raises awareness
Joint consultation on the environment is an important step in shaping the right attitudes and ecological values. However, it is worth remembering that developing respect for nature in a child is more effective if we do not limit ourselves to giving only facts. For this reason, it is worth telling the youngest about the beauty of nature, and at the same time letting them experience it. A great opportunity to admire the world are joint activities in close contact with nature – trips to the forest, park or garden. These are the perfect places to observe plants and animals while explaining to your child how they live, what they eat and why they are useful.
What do you tell the children in the woods?
† About plants – they are the green lungs of the planet and thanks to them animals have a place to live and eat. Tell me why you can’t unnecessarily break branches, trample grass and pick flowers.
† About animals – they are living beings, just like humans. Their presence gives the planet biodiversity and life. Talk to your child about why animals should not be hurt and chased away.
† About trees – it is from them that, among other things, drawing pads or notebooks. Explain to your child why sheets of paper should not be thrown away. The forest is home to many species of plants and animals.
† about water – without her life would not be possible. Give your child some examples of what to do not to waste water and take care of its resources. Also explain the importance of clean water for plant and animal life, and the risk of contamination.
† over the air – it is as necessary to life as water. Tell your child what causes air pollution, acid rain and how to prevent it.
† about waste – explain why waste should not be left in the forest. Tell them that they are a threat to plants and animals and that they take a long time to decompose.
Second, passing on knowledge as a role model
Children absorb the most from their parents. The guardian who turns off the light after himself, turns off the water when not using it and separates waste, while explaining why he does it has a huge impact on shaping the ecological attitude of the child – now and in his adult life .
Third – stimulate the imagination and evoke positive emotions
Children are little observers who are open to the world. Therefore, parents should talk to them as much as possible so that opportunities are created to experiment, experience, explore and create. Excursions outside the city by bicycle, playing outside, planting plants, rescuing a snail from the sidewalk, cleaning the forest, building a house for insects or birds and observing nature are good ideas to shape eco-empathy in the youngest. The joy of being outdoors, listening to the sounds of nature or walking barefoot on the grass has far more positive effects than just talking about it† Perhaps parents and their children – on the occasion of inspiring activities – will come up with ideas about what could be changed at home or at school to make these places more environmentally friendly?
“Winnie the Friends of Nature”, or Kindergarten Ecology
The sooner a child becomes interested in caring for the environment, the faster he will learn good habits in his own life. Parents start with the transfer of knowledge about ecology. However, it is worth continuing this education in kindergarten and school as well as children spend most of the day here when they start their education.
The program is an example of an initiative that teaches preschoolers and students in grades 1-3 of primary schools to care for nature †Winnie the Friends of Nature†† It is the largest ecological project in Poland aimed at the youngest, which has been organized by the Kubuś brand for 14 years. Participants who participate in it will receive free content materials for the implementation of thematic teaching scenarios.
Getting to know nature can be fascinating for a child if the knowledge is passed on to him in an interesting way. Therefore, the teaching resources of the program contain multimedia content – animated films, cartoons, songs and audiobooks, which are developed by experts† The program is designed to combine learning with stimulating the imagination and having fun. Thanks to the project, teachers receive free lesson plans and educational materials that help build ecological attitudes in the youngest.
More information about the program and the next edition, which starts in September, can be found on the website: https://przymiastoenatury.pl.