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6 Ways to Close the Gap Between Children and Nature

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Keep It Playful

Who doesn't love a game? Former educator Greg Miliates loves to plan nature-related field trips for his kids' school, creating games designed to increase the students' awareness of their natural surroundings. In Rainbow Chips, Miliates gives each child a brightly colored paint chip, such as purple or blue, and asks them to find the color in nature as they're out walking. Start a game of Rainbow Chips or go on a nature scavenger hunt. Give your little explorer a list of natural materials to find, and work together to find each item. Or make it a friendly competition between your kid and his friends to see who can finish their list the fastest.