This is a fantastic book to get ideas for activities to do with children, to teach an appreciation of nature. I’ve used some of these activities while teaching…but they are designed also for parents.
This is an AMAZING book, in my opinion. If you strongly believe in teaching your children to have an appreciation of life and the environment, this book is a terrific resource for activities. There’s some great ideas in here for starting family traditions centering around honoring Mother Earth. The book centers around the festivals of the seasons and harvests that have been celebrated since ancient times. I particularly like the solstice celebrations. You can learn more in-depth information about the cyclical celebrations & get some great crafts & activity ideas to expand upon the eco-friendly theme. These festivals can be very spiritual, no matter what your beliefs are.
This book appears to be out-of-print. But it’s still possible to sometimes find used copies…The activities in Cornell’s books are just NEAT! I have used quite a lot of Mr. Cornell’s activities & they are great even with attitude-driven 6th graders! If you love nature, as I do, check this out for some new ideas.
Some of the activities in this book I had to adjust to make it more “hands-on” and less “teacher-directed, cookie cutter art”…but there is some fantastic ideas in here if you are doing a unit on the rain forest! It comes with a really terrific poster, & copyable pages for games and such. This was designed for grades 2-5, but I’m sure can be adjusted…I used some of this during “Habitats Week” at Summer Science Camp at a local science center years ago, & the kids (all ages) really dug it! (I highly recommend turning your room into a jungle to help with the effect…the kids really get into the process & jungle nature tapes are not hard to find to add to the mood!)