Just wanted to share this article that I was reading, Nature Walks with Children. I agree so much with what Melissa wrote.
I completely allow Liam to get dirty. Children are 100% washable. If your worried about their clothes not coming clean, then leave those clothes in the closet while on an outdoor adventure. I pack a change of clothes for Liam when we go out, just in case he decided to bathe in a puddle.
We have a big collection of rocks, sticks and feathers we have found while out on nature walks. Liam and I even painted a few of the sticks to make colorful snakes. We have a container in the house of sticks and a buckets outside. They are so much fun to play with and great for imagination play.
I am looking forward to reading more of Melissa’s post.