Nature walks are a marvelous way for kids to learn language, high level thinking skills, and close-looking skills as well as all about the world around them.
Wait, what exactly is a nature walk, you ask? Good question! It's just a normal walk except instead of walking to get somewhere, you walk to notice things.
Whether you live in the city, country, or somewhere in between, you'll find lots to see: grass (growing in a field or up through the sidewalk), birds, squirrels, bugs, clouds, leaves, trees, rocks and more! Take the time to notice all of these bits of nature and ask lots of questions (that maybe even you don't know the answers to!): "Why did that squirrel run away from us?", "Why do those clouds look puffy and those ones look stringy?", "Tell me how these two rocks feel and how they're different", "What do you think bugs eat?", etc.
Asking kids to question and notice the world around them helps them develop the ability to make guesses and test out theories, to learn the names of objects in their surroundings, and find joy in learning - skills they'll use frequently once they enter school.
To extend the fun you had on your nature walk, ask kids to create a reflection of something they saw on their walk once you're back at home. For older kids, it can be writing a journal entry, drawing a detailed sketch, or cataloging some of their rocks or leaves. Younger kids can recreate something through a finger painting or gluing leaves or flowers to paper.
As with all early learning, the most important part of nature walks is fun and connecting with you!