Here are 30 quotes about children and nature that will inspire outdoor play. After reading through these inspirational quotes, you’ll be ready to get out into nature to climb trees, go rock hunting, and chase butterflies!
Outdoor play and exploration is an important part of childhood. When outdoors, children are given the chance to exercise, strengthen gross motor muscles, take risks, socialize, appreciate nature, and so much more!
I Hope the Quotes below inspire you to give these outdoor activities a try!
There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.
No matter how old you get, may you always stop to fill your pockets with smooth stones, empty snail shells & other little treasures.
If we provide enough space and possibilities for moving freely, then the children will move as well as animals: skillfully, simply, securely, naturally.
-Dr. Emmi Pikler
When a child gives you a gift, even if it’s a rock they just picked up, exude gratitude. It may be the only thing they have to give, and they have chosen to give it to you.
It’s a wondrous thing how the wild calms the child.
Your kids will remember the adventures you went on, not the stuff you bought them. Kids outgrow stuff they never outgrow adventures.
Every child needs nature. Not just the ones whose parents appreciate nature. Not only those of a certain economic class or culture or set of abilities. Every child.
You were wild once. Don’t let them tame you.
All around you are spirits, child. They live in the earth, the water, the sky. If you listen, they will guide you.
– Grandmother Willow
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
Children still need a childhood with dirt, mud, puddles, trees, sticks, and tadpoles.
– Brooke Hampton
Show the children every winged thing. The bees, dragonflies, queen ants, bluebirds, luna moths & swallowtails. Creatures that inspire them to defy gravity.
May I grow so tall and bright, so free and wild, so brave and vibrant that when you see me standing you think I am a sunflower.
– Gaby Compres
Children deserve to grow and learn in a place & alongside a force that is as wild and alive as they are.
How wild it was, to let it be.
– Cheryl Strayed
I am happy out here. Dirty feet, messy hair & wild water on my skin. Out here with the wild things; this is where I belong.
I like people who get excited about the change of seasons, the sound of the ocean, watching the sunset, the smell of rain and starry nights.
Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.
Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls.
– Erin Kenny
There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where the colors are brighter, the air is softer and the morning more fragrant than ever.
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs.
Nature is a tool to get children to experience not just the wider world, but themselves.
Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.
-Richard Paul Evans
Tell me and I’ll forget. Teach me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll learn.
Don’t just tell children about the world. Show them.
Anything you teach in an indoor classroom can be taught outdoors, often in ways that are more enjoyable for children.
When someone tells you, “It can’t be done.” Remember: Those are their limits, not yours.
Before we ever put a pencil in a child’s hands, those hands should dig, climb, press, pull, squish, twist, and pinch in a wide array of environments and with a variety of materials.
We could have never loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.
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