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Parents & Families

Sticks & Stones Creativity

There is a world of natural resources outdoors. Playing with those elements – from the woods, park or your own backyard – helps children develop a love of nature. When children appreciate the beauty of nature, they become caretakers of it.

We can’t always take off to the woods to appreciate Mother Nature. Teach your children to treat her gently. She won’t mind if you bring home a few small pieces.

Sort out the different elements and talk about what they are.

  • What are their names?
  • What are they made of?
  • Where did they come from?
  • Do they grow on trees?
  • Do they come from the water, a creek or forest?
  • Do they need water? Light? Soil? Darkness?

Parents may have to do a little research, but that’s a bonus activity to share.

Go outside and play!

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