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The Green Life: Getting Kids Outside: Green Tales

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July 01, 2009

Getting Kids Outside: Green Tales

Reading green to kids Nature-deficit disorder is common among our young people. How can you ensure that your kids don’t end up with it? This week’s tips tell you how to get your kids away from the video games this summer, and out into nature instead.

Tip #3: Read Them Nature Stories

You read to your child already, so let that time do double-duty by choosing children’s books with nature themes. Some time-tested favorites include The Giving Tree, Bridge to Terabithia, and Island of the Blue Dolphins, but there are thousands more to choose from.

You get extra credit if you find a favorite spot outdoors to read together. After the last page is turned, encourage them to write and illustrate their own "book" about nature.

Tell us: What are your favorite nature-themed books to read to your children?

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