I firmly believe that if a person wants to co-exist with nature and animals, they simply must do whatever it takes to first get themselves familiar with how everything works. Unfortunately, a vast majority of kids are not too interested in these things.
They would rather spend their time on the computer and cell phone while forgetting how essential it is to get their facts straight when it comes to this. I am not sure who to blame for this, but what I do know is that I would love to see some positive changes.
After all, both plants and animals are nothing but “neighbors” because we do share planet earth with them. That’s why it’s crucial to learn everything there is to know about them. Want to know how to accomplish that with your child? Then stay tuned!
Go To The Zoo
I mean, if you ask me, there’s nothing better than this. No book, movie, TV show, or article is going to provide your child with this type of experience. Something like this will enable them not only to see and hear about the species they have never heard of before, but they will also get the opportunity to learn all about their habitats.
Since I do not know where you live, I cannot advise you where to go, however, from what I’ve heard from the most passionate animal lovers, Gulf Breeze Zoo that’s situated in Florida is one of the best places you can visit if your goal is to encourage your kiddo to fall in love with animals.
Not only does it preserve its animals in the best possible way, but out there your little one will get the chance to learn everything about this topic by virtue of numerous educational tools. Additionally, this zoo is home to more than 800 animals from all over the world.
It supports numerous reputable conservation foundations, such as the Sumatran Orangutan Society, and International Rhino Foundation. Whenever you decide to go to the zoo, be sure to first talk to your child and ask them where they want to go first.
This way, you will not only show them that you respect their wishes and preferences, but you will also stimulate them to be more engaged during this tour.
Online Lessons Are Definitely A Very Interesting Idea
As I stated in the beginning, not every child is going to be interested in this topic. However, if you want to encourage them to be at least remotely interested in it, then you must think of something that’s intended precisely for kids.
The first thing that comes to my mind are websites that are very educational, yet teach children numerous useful things in a very enticing way. There are even the ones that (apart from super-cool videos) provide kids with interesting reading materials that can be perceived as lessons on animal habitats that cover everything that’s relevant concerning this topic. That’s why it wouldn’t hurt to give these sites a try, because who knows, maybe your little one will turn into a zoophile or naturalist.
Try Out Some Awesome Books
Depending on your kiddo’s age and of course, whether they love books or not, you have to find something that’s going to pique their interest. Fortunately, there are so many spectacular books about animals, that I am positively sure that even you as an adult are going to love them.
If your child is too young, then for starters, you should opt for coloring books for example. Now, since I do not have the slightest idea how old is your child, I am going to give you some of my favorite books on this topic.
So make sure to find as much information about these books as possible, so you can determine which one should be added to your list.
- “Welcome Home, Bear: A Boo of Animal Habitats” – This is a wonderful story about a bear who one day decides to visit various animal habitats, only to realize how much they truly love their home.
- “Animal Architects” – if your little one loves science, or considers themself to be a true naturalist, then I am one hundred percent sure that they are going to love this book. This is actually a nonfiction picture book that talks about animal construction projects that are going to stimulate every reader to properly investigate their backyard after reading it.
- “Leap Frog” – Now, here’s something that may not offer the most useful information when it comes to animal habitats, but it will surely make your little angel fall in love with Felix. It talks about a wonderful frog called Felix that is a typical scaredy-cat who jumps at every sound. But who knows, maybe if your child shows Felix some love and support, maybe they won’t be scared anymore.
Have A Healthy Debate With Your Child
I know that you will probably say how everything that’s supposed to be known when it comes to this can be taught at school (and that’s undoubtedly true), but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t “extend” this topic at home.
Am I right? That would even be better if your kiddo is still very young. This way they will potentially develop an interest in this topic from an early age. You can either first purchase some of these aforementioned books and then read them together.
Or you can go to the library and find something else that seems more appealing to you. But why it would be great if the two of you read books together? Well, that’s because something like this will give both of you the opportunity to spark good conversation and share your own opinions on this.
Explore, Explore, Explore
One of the best ways to teach your kiddo about this is precisely this one. This will give you the chance to immerse yourself in nature and who knows, maybe even come across some interesting animals and plants.
It’s easy to see that there are so many tools that you can rely on that can be of huge benefit when it comes to this. You just have to select the most suitable one and turn your child into a huge animal and nature lover.