A child’s world usually starts off quite small. We keep newborns safe in our arms, and toddlers safely confined to our backyards. As they grow, we teach them the importance of picking up their toys and cleaning their rooms. Then, we start to expand their perspective by teaching them about recycling and being kind to animals. Their world quickly becomes bigger and bigger.
It is our job as parents to help them see Earth’s beauty, and teach the importance of protecting its wildlife.
5 Engaging Activities to Teach Kids About Wildlife Conservation
From ants to zebras, there are lots of fascinating things for kids to learn about wildlife. And wildlife is all around, whether you live in a city or the countryside. Here are some great ways to teach kids about wildlife conservation.
Play Bug Bingo
Bugs are everywhere! You can download free printable bug bingo online and head outside for some fun. Take your kiddo to your yard, a nearby park, or your favorite hiking trail. Talk about the big part these small creatures play in taking care of our planet. You can discuss pollination, soil fertilization, decomposition, and more.
Visit Zoos and Aquariums
Zoos and aquariums play a large role in wildlife conservation. Zoos and aquariums introduce both children and parents to creatures around the world. In many cases, we wouldn’t even know some of these animals existed, let alone learn how they need our help. Teach your children how these animals are ambassadors for their wild family and how it is our job to become ambassadors for them as well.
Read Children’s Books on Wildlife Conservation
You don’t have to leave your home to teach children about wildlife conservation. Books, as always, are a window to the world. Next time you go to the library or your local bookstore, look for books that teach kids about animals and conservation. Or you can really stay home and order a book online, like Elliot and the Osprey Nest.
Do a Wildlife Scavenger Hunt
Have you ever taken your kids for a walk or a hike, and within minutes, they’re whining about going back home? I used to struggle to keep my kid’s focus off his tired feet and on the beautiful nature around him. Then a friend suggested a wildlife scavenger hunt, and it worked! My kid stopped looking toward home and ran to find the next item on the list.
Get Up Close and Personal with Nature
To help kids understand just how big our world is, start big and go small. Go outside and ask your child to look as far as their eye can see, and to describe what they see. Then, draw their attention to plants and animals that are closer and closer. Last, have them put their face within inches of a tree trunk, flower, or grass. Ask them to describe what they see. This lesson will help them understand that we are just one tiny part of this big Earth. Together, we need to take care of it.
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