The activity of this stage helps develop calm and receptivity by getting them to focus on some specific aspect of God’s creation. By giving it your full attention, you can see nature in fresh new ways.
The participants will look for stones of different shapes and then create different faces by painting them according to the shape of the stone, such as figures or emojis. Recommended age: 5 years and up.
The participants (children, young people and active adults) are distributed in a semicircle, in a clear area. They remain silent and, as the facilitator of the activity reads a script, each one will personify a tree visualizing themselves throughout the four seasons. They will have to move as a tree would according to what they hear.
Each participant has 10 minutes to find, in the natural environment, a living element that amazes them. It can be a flower, a leaf, a fruit, a seed, a rock, an insect, etc. The idea is that this element is captivating for its simple perfection.
Working in pairs, one of the participants describes an object and the other has to draw it just listening to the description. Then all participants corroborate the veracity of their drawing with the object that their partner was describing.
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.