Brush up on your environmental knowledge to help your child get interested in the natural world. Help your child look up and name the plants in your yard and local animals that inhabit your area. Can you find a bird by hearing its sound? Describe the phases of the moon or the stars in your sky? Identify edible, wild plants? Teaching your kid to pay attention to details in nature helps him better appreciate the outside world. Being alert to his surroundings will also help him avoid dangerous situations, such as potential kidnappers or hazardous weather.