Please excuse the photos from this post. I took them with my phone’s camera and they are not very good at all, but the moments are the best.
Spending time with kids in the nature is super fun. These days, kids need to spend time outdoor playing or discovering interesting things about life, plants or animals.
Because of our current society, for most of the persons, time to spend outside in nature is diminishing.
Playing is important for kids. I love taking my son in the forest. We started since he was 6 months old. I went mushrooms foraging with him strap to my chest. I talked with him all the time, explaining what we were seeing in the forest and how he will enjoy running around and exploring when he will grow up.
Our time in the forest is about learning, playing and discovering. We are also learning to protect and love the nature.
When he could walk, we went in the forest and I showed him the moss. You could see it all around us. I showed him all the types and I encouraged him to touch it and sit on it. After that, we touched and sat on all the moss we could find around us. It was a great day, even with the muscle ache, from all sitting and standing.
He is big now – 6 years old. He started to recognize some of the mushrooms. Like all the kids, he gets easily bored even in the forest so I have to find him interesting things to do or see. We look for bugs, take photos with wild mushrooms, check the trees, listen to the birds, count everything or compare the mushrooms.
We saw small snakes and I taught him not to be scare of them. He wants to see a lot of animals in the forest even bears or wolfs.
My son also loves to help around the house. When we are doing something he comes to help. We let him and appreciate his contribution even he is doing it very good. This year he is learning how to clean the mushrooms and how to cook them. It is important to see the entire process.
Sometimes he supervises everything and says that he is the boss and other times he is just one of us and dad is the boss. It is a great time spent together and also a great time to learn something new.
Our trips in nature are always with lots of breaks, when we sit down and eat something, so is necessary to have something in our backpack. Water is a must. Everywhere we go we have water on us, because we need to stay hydrated.
I hoped you liked our story and it will make you go on a trip in nature or in a park.
Always, love and protect the nature!