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Storytelling is Your Best 'Honey' - Nature Art

Remember the old adage “You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar?” That is only one of the many rich folk sayings that give us a rich and intriguing grounding in nature and everyday wisdom. If you want to interest friends (of all ages!) in nature, environmentalism, stewardship of the earth...or just good ole’ outdoor fun, think “stories!”.

Beatrice Potter did it. Walt Disney did it. All our favorite movie producers do it. And you can do it too. Here are a few simple tips to help you develop a few good tales to share about your favorite adventures in the great outdoors...in your own backyard or beyond.

Browsing children’s books will help you remember your own adventures. Turn a classic children’s story into a personalized story.

Tell the story in first person...and make your listener part of the story if you can.

For younger audiences, weave in lots of gruesome details like eating worms...and vivid colors like peacock skies...and active words like crawling slowly through the hollow log with woolyworms tickling his nose...

Check children’s story books by Beatrice Potter, Maurice Sendec or Dr. Seuss...among many others!

And to make storytelling a personal joy, as well as social skill, here are some fun ways to develop your storytelling repertoire:

Practice your story in front of the mirror a couple times...and work out big gestures, a wide variety of facial expressions...and add a few sound effects -- from clapping, tapping and clucking to whistling, squawking and gurgling sounds. They love it...and will enjoy mimicking you later.

Weave several real scientific facts, figures and terms into the action. Keep the ecosystem correctly identified and it will help people learn the details we all need to know about nature.

Examples:

WOODLANDS -- "From the tip of the treetop to the deepest root...", or "around and around the tree trunks twirled the delicate growing tip of the vine..."

WETLANDS -- "Sloshing through the MARSH among the reeds and cattails, the snails and the icky, slimy algae..."

GRASSLANDS -- "Sitting on the top fence wire watching insects crawl through the MEADOW of short-cropped grass...." (Can you guess which birds like these? Bluebirds!)

Check World Wildlife Federation for a wide variety of nature articles and news from around the world:

http://www.wwf.org

Spend a little time researching the behaviors and neighbors of a few of your most COMMON backyard wildlife. Make the common uncommon...so your listeners will remember you AND your story every time they see this gorgeous example of their native land. Remember that what is common in your backyard is rare or nonexistent a short distance away!

For more articles about NATURE & KIDS

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The Squirrel Family 0 Backyard Nature Safari
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Kids Learning Links
Buddy's Diner (for the birds)
Bird Profiles for Young Naturalists