Nature Letters

Feb 27, 2013 by

Stick lettersNature Letters

By Shara Lawrence-Weiss

We have a local park about one block from our home. We visit at least twice per week. A few days ago my four year old was getting anxious and I knew it was time to get OUTSIDE. I packed some water and snacks, put the baby into the stroller and we headed off. When we got to the park I asked my son which way he wanted to go. I said, “You can lead. I’ll follow you.” He decided that we should walk in a different direction than we usually do and then off he went…

I followed behind with the stroller.

He said, “Mommy. You go that way and I’ll go this way, okay? We’ll meet up over there (pointing).”

Me: “Okay. Sounds good to me.”

He trotted off around the field while I walked straight through. We met up on the other side where he could roll down the hill and play in the leaves.

After some time I said, “Hey, look. I just found a stick in the grass that looks like the letter Y. Let’s see if we can find more letter sticks.” We found five letters: Y, L, V, I and J. We talked about the letters and decided we’d show them to his sister, who loves everything about letters, words and books.

I asked the kids at home, “What should we do with these letters?” My daughter replied, “Tape them to the fridge!” Then she paused and said, “No. Let’s tape them to paper first and then tape the paper to the fridge. That makes more sense.”

Y and L

Letter I

Letter V

Letter J

After we taped the letters to the paper my kids said, “No! Let’s put this on the art net!”

I was hoping they’d say that…

Stick letters on art net

Stick letters

About the Author

Shara has a background in early childhood, education, freelance, small business ownership and nanny work. She recently accepted a Special Education Para position and will be returning to work in a school environment. Shara is especially interested in social emotional development, literacy, play, nature, fostering community and cultivating creativity. Shara currently writes for her own sites as well as for sites like Wikki Stix, Games for Educators and Market Mommy.


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  1. I hope as many parents as possible will see this post. Compare the time it takes to go off to the toy store to buy an alphabet toy to this same block of time used to foster in a child leadership, thinking, conversation, exploration, creativity, the joy of freedom, exposure to nature, exercise, outdoor play in the fresh air, and time well-spent for children of three different ages.

  2. Hi Sally: Thanks so much for the nice comment. I always love sharing ideas with you!

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