The Staford School organized a fun filled activity called ‘Nature Walk’ for the children of classes nursery to 1. The main reason behind conducting this activity was to help develop a sense of love and appreciation for the nature in the tiny tots. Contrary to the “Do Not Touch” instructions given to children when they enter a garden, the children were encouraged to touch, smell and feel their way into the world of nature. They were also asked to bring back a small souvenir- anything that they found interesting – from their little date with the nature, without damaging the environment.
The tiny tots stepped out of the classrooms and took in every little detail of their surroundings with wide-eyed joy. They interacted with nature, learned to appreciate the different shades of green, and a range of colors around them in the form of flowers, plants and trees in the school campus. The little ones touched and felt the texture of leaves, and flowers and listened intently to the sound of birds and felt the caress of the breeze. They were attentive to nature around them and asked questions about whatever caught their attention. They avidly listened to all the information the teachers shared with them. Having understood the importance of trees, and the various gifts of nature, the children collected whatever interested them.
Later, back in class, they printed and pasted the treasure they had collected onto the scrap-books and chart papers. The children had an array of trinkets with them from their walk: twigs, fallen leaves, flowers, seeds, grass and weeds- whatever caught their attention became a part of their collection!
The Staford School believes that the children learn best when they are drawn by their own curiosity, and given freedom to explore. Children truly find joy in what they see and experience, and are far more likely to care for environment when they are able to connect with it.