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In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity invites participants to experience nature directly.
Go on a nature walk. Notice the different plants, insects, and animals you see along the way. Remind the children to interact with all living beings gently so as not to cause harm. Carefully look under rocks or leaves, replacing them gently when you are done. Invite participants to place in their paper bags any interesting non-living items they find, such as acorns, stones, or leaves. Use dental mirrors or other tools to get a close-up look without disturbing the environment. As you notice a new creature, pause and ask the children how it helps the web of life. Does it provide food for someone? Does it help pollinate the flowers? Does it provide shelter?
After your walk, process the activity:
Identify any relevant allergies within your group, such as bee stings or pollen, and plan accordingly.
Select a location that is accessible, with paved paths, to accommodate any participant uses a wheelchair or has mobility limitations.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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