Important interaction

At the farm, the most important ingredient for us was our son interacting with nature and seeing farm animals. Doing reading in books and showing him things on television is one thing, but nothing will ever beat giving your child the opportunity to interact with nature.

DSC_1050This happened on all 3 days of our trip, when there was a chance and at Kududu, the owners had a lamb, possibly orphan and chickens. The chickens slept with the parrots in their cage at night.

As we walked around the place, we eventually came to the area where they were and some toys as well. Boeta walked past all these toys, directly to the lamb, which he now mimics, asking and pointing.

DSC_1055 DSC_1058 DSC_1065He then saw the chickens and parrots, jogged around to them.

DSC_1036 DSC_1080 DSC_1101He was so pleased with this find and even tried to give the chickens and the lamb some grass. The best part, seeing the little one’s eyes. They were full of wonder and excitement. Each time he saw another parrot, ran over to point and ask, then he saw the lamb again, like seeing it for the first time, jogged over to that side.

I think another important note to this little story is the fact that mom or dad was always there with him, sharing his joy, answering the questions, laughing with him and exploring with him. It is amazing how quickly he picks up when you are not invested in a process, even at 20 months, they recognize it immediately and it takes the shine off their excitement for sure.

DSC_1040 After properly examining everything and feeling confident he covered all the birds and one lamb, properly, he decided to go and investigate the toys around.

DSC_1071Then he saw the parrots again…we started all over. We have seen it over and over; nothing beats giving a young mind space to explore. If at all possible, getting them outside in real nature with the family, to enjoy and explore, cannot be overstated and you cannot put a monetary value on it.

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28 thoughts on “Important interaction

  1. tchistorygal says:

    You are so right. A simple trip like this will have learning benefits that educators can measure. Families that travel together, go on vacations, their kids do best in school, and it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with money.

  2. Thomas Peace (author) says:

    Yes, nothing trumps nature!
    But, be sure to get the following book for him. It is superb and carries a powerful message… even for adults! (And it is full of creatures of nature!)
    “Hope for the Flowers”… by Trina Paulus

  3. The Pinterested Parent says:

    My daughter loves going to the zoo. We are lucky enough that we have a small one locally that in the warm weather I take her too often. Hands on and up close is the best way to learn for sure. He is such a sweet child. I am sure that values this time with you as well.

  4. drlindallabin says:

    I’m happy you’re giving your little guy a taste of nature. I would only suggest that you continue with more hands-on adventures so that he can learn how gentle you must be with animals, and the marvelous textures of feathers, scales, fur, etc. We always had animals when I was a child and I grew up loving and respecting them. Good for you.

  5. kirsten says:

    This post made me smile! I love seeing life through a child’s eyes! Everything is brand spanking new to them – they haven’t grown jaded or bored with the world around them! Children are such a gift for us to experience life “anew!”

  6. Patrick Jones says:

    You guys are so good at teaching early childhood education!! You could teach a lot of people that skill of just stopping to pay attention and listen to what the children are seeing! Good job!

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