Connect with nature
2 October 2018
Being outdoors can be a great adventure, especially at this time of year when there are so many mini-beasts, animals and birds to discover. Kathy Brodie takes her pick of the best resources that can support children’s learning.
Starting off with the basic resources for children to discover flora and fauna outdoors, there are some interesting mini beast kits available that allow easy viewing and exploration (www.tts-group.co.uk), identification (www.educationsupplies.co.uk) and recording the things you find (www.woodlandtrust.org.uk). Magnifying glasses are a must, or you could invest in a Fresnel lens (large, flexible A4 size lens), which may be easier for some children to handle (www.cosydirect.com).
For children who are more interested in bird wildlife, the RSPB site has a free ‘identify a bird’ section, which is via a set of questions that will also support children’s observation and memory skills (www.rspb.org.uk).
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