I love how the little children gravitate to the small things in nature. It seems to come naturally, that connection they have with the natural world.
They love the little buttercups, picking them, twirling in their fingers and often asking to add them to their faerie houses. And the question, "Do you like butter?" was always asked as they held it under each others chins.
Be wary though, as small and cute as they are, Buttercups are poisonous and cause a skin irritant. That's why skin turns yellow when put they put the flowers to their chin. It has nothing to do with liking butter, but is still great fun nonetheless.
Take a walk with a child and they will be sure to discover something for you to see.
We actually learn more from them at this stage.
They notice all kinds of changes too , especially if brought to the same places often enough, like how the buttercups close up on cloudy and colder days.We do not need to *teach* our children about the natural world, we just need to provide the experience to be in it on a regular basis, in the same places as well as different places.
Exploring, discovering, observing and delighting in nature is a treasure they can keep for themselves and use their whole lives.
Nature is there for all of us, all the time, whatever our mood. I love the quote by John Burroughs "I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order"
happy day !