Connecting With Nature

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Wellness
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Outdoor - Field

Participants will explore their interconnected relationship to nature and imagine the possibility of our world without sustainable nature.



Step by Step: 
  1. Prepare participants to go outdoors.
  2. Have participants walk around the yard or park. Instruct them to pick up an object from nature (i.e., a stick, leaf or a rock) and then discuss with a partner how their objects are connected to each other and to the things in their daily lives.
  3. Play a game to reinforce the interconnected of nature. Have everyone form a circle and assign each participant a different aspect of nature (i.e., air, water, sunlight, tree, animal, human). Toss around a ball of yarn to make a web, highlighting connections. An example could include: (the animals breathes the air, the air is filtered by the tree, the tree shades the human, and so on). Continue until every participant is connected.
  4. Have a discussion with participants about how our world may be altered if we do not take care of nature. What would be different in the classroom or your house if things in nature were no longer available? Can you think of things in your classroom that can be recycled, reused or returned to nature? What things can't? What happens to them?
  5. Have participants pick up any pieces of litter and return them to the garbage in the classroom.
Safety Considerations: 

Participants are dressed appropriately for the outdoors. 
Always in visual contact with a leader.


Assign some participants the same aspect of nature (for example, air) to show how it can be connected to many different aspects. 

Adaptations (General): 

Try to ensure that all participants are included and actively involved in the discussion. Provide additional support to those who may need it.


YMCA of Greater Toronto, Durham Region