Nature Activities for Kids:
Creating Respect for the Great Outdoors

Nature activities for kids can be fun for children and adults. In addition to making you closer to your child, it's a chance to pass on what you know and let your child's curiosity and fascination help you to see the world anew.

In this series of articles, we are going to explore activities and crafts that will help cultivate respect for other living things. We're going to start the series with an activity that parents and kids can do indoors that will ignite an interest to venture outside the home.

Recently, I was sent an item for review that I think makes a great starting place for parent-child, nature-based activities. The item was a clear acrylic bird feeder that mounts to any window in your home with suction cups. The idea is that you should mount on a window where your family tends to congregate: in the kitchen, by a dining room table or in the living room.

I put mine up on a picture window in my living room. It was easy to install. Per the instructions, I filled it with black oil sunflower seeds since they are supposed to be a special treat for birds.

While I was working in the kitchen about a week later, I heard my youngest son exclaim, "Mom, come look ... there's a bird in the feeder!" Sure enough, there was a beautiful red breasted robin in the feeder.

We were able to inch toward the window and got so close, we could even watch it split open seeds. That bird must have told others about the feeder because from that point forward the window bird feeder was busy practically from dawn to dusk.

While I was working in the kitchen about a week later, I heard my youngest son exclaim, "Mom, come look ... there's a bird in the feeder!" Sure enough, there was a beautiful red breasted robin in the feeder.

We were able to inch toward the window and got so close, we could even watch it split open seeds. That bird must have told others about the feeder because from that point forward the window bird feeder was busy practically from dawn to dusk.

Nature Activities for Kids: A Window Bird Feeder Can Help Kids Develop Respect for Other Living Beings

My two sons and I have had a great time with this little feeder, watching the birds that come to play, fight and eat. Depending upon the food that we put in the feeder, it attracts different types of birds and it's been an education for all of us, learning to identify all the different types of birds in our region.

With the success of our first feeder, I purchased another, so we have one near the dinner table. Often our dinner conversations come to a pause, when yet another bird comes to feed and someone in the family calls out the variety of the bird.

In the spring time, we get bird couples that come and visit the feeder together. The plump female and colorful male couples take turns eating. The males are especially watchful while their plump mates gorge on seed and will chase other birds away.

Although the window bird feeder is priced at more than $20 at the time of writing this article, it is still under $25 and a great way to help children cultivate a love of nature. Loving nature is the first step toward creating a fascination with life and respect for living things. It is the beginnings of a sense of stewardship which we must instill in our children if we are to save this planet.

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