Caroline Casey, owner, Hopes & Dreams Montessori School and Day Nursery, based in Sligo, describes ways childcare facilities can introduce young children to nature in a fun and meaningful way.
Collect real objects as much as possible and examine them, ie pebbles, seaweed, twigs and ice â?¢ Do flower pressing in the summer and
collect leaves in the autumn â?¢ Engage in nature walks and field trips to
pet shops and garden centres.
Animals and plants
Have large pictures of animals and plants to classify them into categories, ie the differences between wild/ domestic animals and deciduous/ coniferous trees
Expose children to wildlife programmes â?¢ Plant seeds and care for indoor and
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