As kids search for signs of nature in places they might not typically think of, they develop their focus
and observation skills. Kids use and develop multiple senses
as they collect, arrange and enjoy the objects in their display. The designing of a nature display also gives kids the chance to sort and categorize found objects, helping to build their ability to make connections
, a gateway skill needed for higher level thinking. If you describe the objects to one another or talk about your decisions as you build your display, kids strengthen both vocabulary and communication skills
. Finally, helping kids notice the ways in which nature is all around them helps them develop a deeper connection to the natural world and their place within it.