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Nature is full of cycles and rhythms, and the more we connect kids (and ourselves) to those rhythms, the more rooted we all feel. One great and easy way to do that is to celebrate each new month—a unique chapter in the Earth's yearly story. We like to take a "Welcome Walk" to bring in the new month, and challenge ourselves to use all of our senses to discover what the world is doing as each new month begins.
This activity kicks off our September Calendar full of ways to connect with nature each day this month. If you don't have one yet, visit tinkergarten.com/calendar to get your free copy!
All you really need to do is carve out some time for a walk. The walk can be short or long—it just takes a little extra framing to feel like a special, welcome walk. Here are some ideas:
This activity not only connects kids to the natural rhythms around them, it connects them to nature itself. The more direct contact with nature kids have, the more in love they become—and that early love turns into lifelong connection and even desire to protect their planet. This walk is also designed to help kids activate multiple senses—something that we know helps them to strengthen each sense (how they take in all information) and learn to integrate their senses (needed to focus and make sense of the information they take in). Who knew such a sweet tradition could support so much learning?! Happy September!