In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
A nature walk is an ideal learning modality for children who learn best by doing. It is also friendly to kinesthetic learners, who learn with movement. Through guided, first-hand encounters with other living beings, children develop empathy and experience awe.
This activity is obviously dependent upon weather and season.
If you are a new co-leader and/or the children are new to each other, you may prefer to stay on the grounds of your congregational building for this nature walk. New children and/or their parents may not be comfortable with a longer field trip during the very first session of Moral Tales. If you do plan to leave the grounds, factor the walking time into your planning; remember, children walking in a group do not walk as quickly as an adult walking alone.
As children ready themselves to go outdoors, talk a little bit about the story, "We Are All One." Remind the group about how the peddler helped the ants and the centipede? Say something like,
We are going to go on a walk, just like the peddler did. We're going to look for ants and other insects. Like the peddler, we'll see if any need our help.
Ask the children to imagine what it would be like to be that small in the world:
Explain the following rules for the walk:
Walk with the children to a good insect-finding location. Encourage them to turn over rocks and look under leaves for signs of insects. If possible, find some anthills to observe together. As the children look, circulate and continue to foster empathy, asking questions like:
If any children in your class use a wheelchair or are otherwise mobility-challenged, be sure that your nature walk takes place on level ground, on wheelchair accessible paths. Be ready to carefully lift an insect, for a child in a wheelchair's closer inspection.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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