Picture Books are a great way for all ages of children to learn about various topics. A great example is the book I Took a Walk by Henry Cole. In this book, the reader takes a nature walk through the eyes of the "walker." By opening the fold out pages, the reader discovers all sorts of animals and other organisms “hiding” in grass, trees, ponds and streams. Cole demonstrates that observing nature requires quiet looking, listening and reflecting.
In addition to just sharing some bonding time with your child enjoying a pleasurable read, the book can be used to prompt activities. After reading, you might engage in a little research to learn more about the organisms found inside - and even drawing their own pictures of the organisms.
Since the book is such a wonderful model for observation in nature, it is a springboard to your own nature adventures. Step outside and follow Henry Cole's lead to get a glimpse of the amazing, complex world just outside your door.
I Took a Walk
by Henry Cole