We love getting outdoors and exploring nature. The girls have a fondness for animals. They are learning about animals around us, our environment and how to protect it and the animals that depend on us to keep it sustainable for them. I love getting my kids outdoors because it helps them learn so much about the world around them.
Getting outside and letting the kids explore helps them learn something new each time. It can be something as simple as seeing a type of bug for the first time, or throwing rocks, they are learning new words, species and textures. They are also learning to respect nature, our environment and the animals that live around us.
Dawn Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Save Wildlife
I am honored to be partnering with Dawn today to celebrate 40 years of helping save wildlife. Since 1978, Dawn has been helping more than 75,000 birds and marine animals who were the innocent victims of oil spills and environmental catastrophes. This month we are celebrating with Dawn on their 40 year anniversary of helping save wildlife. Dawn has a trusted history of being tough on grease, but gentle on feathers. And that’s something everybody–and every bird–can feel good about. We are so excited to be able to honor this brand’s legacy of loving nature’s creatures and supporting organizations dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife. #DawnWildlife40
Five Ways To Teach Kids to Love and Respect Animals & Nature
In honor of Dawn’s 40 years of helping save animals, I am sharing 5 Ways to get your kids to explore the world around them and learn to appreciate and respect our planet.
1. Let them get messy.
Let them play in the dirt, let them jump in rain puddles and pick up bugs. They can take a bath afterwards, but letting them have fun exploring and getting messy sometimes is the best way for them to learn new things. Don’t just let them get messy, encourage them.
2. Listen, acknowledge and ask open ended questions.
My daughters love to explore and ask me questions about everything they find. Mom are trees alive? Mom, how do plants eat, mom where do birds live? Everything can be a learning experience for them. So listen, acknowledge and ask open ended questions as a follow up. It gets them thinking and helps them find the answer and sometimes answer their own questions. My daughter asked me the other day – Mom, how do plants eat? Rather than answering her question and ending the discussion I simply asked her – How do you think plants eat? She responded…from the roots? Turned out she already knew the answer and asking her helped her to see that she already knew the answer.
Whether it’s watering plants or planting flowers, let them help. Answer questions they have about it and help them understand why you are doing the things that you’re doing.
4. Take them to new places. The backyard is an amazing place to explore, but new places can give way to new and interesting things. We visited our museum the other day and the girls discovered some interesting looking bugs. They even got really close to a particular duck my oldest called a turkey duck.
5. Uninstructed play.
Leave the structured activities for indoor play. Outdoors should be a time where kids can run around, explore and do their own thing. Digging, picking up leaves, collecting and throwing rocks….it may not seem like much, but with everything they do, they are learning about nature and to learn it is to appreciate and respect it.
Dawn has been leading the way to a better world by helping save wildlife and supporting the organizations dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife when disaster strikes, including International Bird Rescue and The Marine Mammal Center.
Dawn is the only dishwashing brand trusted by wildlife experts for decades. Independent studies have proven Dawn to be the most effective dishwashing detergent for cleaning oiled animals. Experts can aid delicate birds and wildlife with Dawn’s tough on grease, but gentle on skin formulation… And that’s something everybody – and every bird—can feel good about.
Do you want to take your family on a VIP Wildlife Experience? Dawn wants to show you the amazing things their wildlife partners do and for their 40th anniversary of helping save wildlife, they are hosting the first ever Golden Duck Contest. From now until 11:59pm ET on October 6, 2018, visit your local Target to purchase a 40th Anniversary Bottle of Dawn Dish Soap, take a photo of the full receipt, submit it here, and complete the registration form for a chance to win an exciting wildlife experience. The winning families will be flown to Dawn’s wildlife partner locations for a behind-the-scenes look at how they are helping wildlife and the animals they save. How exciting!!