The activities of this stage are almost games, simple and motivating. They create interest and anticipation for what is to come. This stage is recreational and invites them to participate, “to dip their feet” in God’s creation.
The participants (children, youth and active adults) will lie down on the grass, preferably on a slope. With bodies stiff as logs, and arms extended above their heads, they begin to roll down the slope. They can stop at the desired time. It can be done in an urban or rural environment, as long as the grass does not contain stones or other harmful objects.
Each participant will take a moment to remember a tree that has been significant in their life story and draw it. On the drawing, you will write why it was a special tree. Then you will share it with your group and explain which part of the tree you enjoyed the most at that time. Some will say that they studied facing the sea, leaning against a palm tree that gave them shade, which means that they enjoyed the trunk and branches.
All players must guess the name of the animal whose sign is taped to its back. To discover out, they can ask the other players for hints, who will only respond with YES or NO. Activity used with permission from Sharing Nature Worldwide.®
After spreading out around the bounded area, participants will vote on who would serve as “the fire.” The fire will have to run after the others and try to catch them. The rest will run away and shout: “Firewood”. This is a game of chase and when “the fire” catches someone they must be holding hands with him, forming a fire and trapping the rest.
It can be done in urban or rural settings, as long as the area is wide and does not contain objects that could harm the participant.
In this collection we present the activities organized in a structured way to create learning that flows1 from one stage to another and there are five. When doing the sequence of activities, you go from play to close observation to involvement in conservation.
Offering Direct Experience
Worshiping the Creator
Acting as Stewards of Creation
When you find an ecological topic of your interest and possibilities to explore, follow this sequence, and you will discover that the activities will generate appreciation, joy, gratitude and response to the beauty of creation.
(1) Cornell, JB, & Mané, P. (1982). Live nature with children. Editions 29.
Explore by Theme
Ecological Themes of the Collection
In this collection we present the activities organized by Ecological Theme. An ecological theme can be: some object of nature: trees, clouds, or stones. It can also focus on a habitat such as water, forest, or sand. The ecological theme could investigate flora or fauna such as ants, hummingbirds, plants, or owls. You select the theme according to the element in your environment that you want to explore.
The unique factor of this collection is that in addition to organizing the activities into ecological themes, each Theme contains a sequence of five activities. This sequence is based on cutting-edge pedagogy that transforms children’s apathy toward nature into joy by having them play, observe, experiment, admire the Creator, and even take action to conserve nature. This system is called: Fluid Learning® (Used under license from Flow Learning® by Sharing Nature Worldwide). It traditionally has four stages, but for the purposes of this collection the fourth has been amended and a fifth stage has been added.