Everything that is created reflects some of the attributes of its creator: A painting, for example, tells us something about the painter who painted it, as does a piece of music or a beautiful building. Everything that God has created reflects some of His attributes, and is sacred in its own way. Nature reflects God’s Name, the Maker, the Creator. Because of this, we must always show care and respect towards nature, the earth, and all that God has created.
Prayers/readings for study
“Nature is in its essence is the embodiment of My Name, the Maker, the Creator.”
Three-legged race. A great outdoor activity that can easily be played in a park. Children pair up, and the left leg of one is strapped to the right leg of the other. Children must collaborate, stepping in sync with each other so that they can advance towards the finish line.
Nature hunt. Children are given a list of things that can be found in nature; as a group, they will be asked to find as many as they can, either to retrieve or to observe and document. This activity emphasizes group collaboration and the concept of having a “light footprint”, i.e. not disturbing nature more than necessary.
Forest Photo Expedition, a board game for 2-6 players that takes players on an eco-tourism adventure. From Brilliant Star Magazine.
Have the children go on an “artistic expedition“, where they will be asked to draw or paint something in nature. A place with a great diversity of subjects–flowers, trees, bushes, rocks, birds’ nests, streams–is best, to allow the children as much freedom as possible. Other activities can be incorporated into the lesson after the children have finished their art. As follow-up, ask the children to observe each others’ art, paying attention on some positive qualities that set each child’s art apart. Then, ask the children if they can tell what each drawing says about the child that created it. For example, a child who used many different, vibrant colours may might appreciate variety and diversity; a child who added birds, squirrels or other creatures might have a great love for animals; and so on.
Maze: Les animaux sauvages (Wild animals). Emphasizes the importance of giving wild animals space and leaving them undisturbed.
Worksheet: Les animaux (Animals). Recognizing different animals.
“Look not upon the creatures of God except with the eye of kindliness and of mercy, for Our loving providence hath pervaded all created things, and Our grace encompassed the earth and the heavens.”
“NATURE IN ITS essence is the embodiment of My Name, the Maker, the Creator. Its manifestations are diversified by varying causes, and in this diversity there are signs for men of discernment. Nature is God’s Will and is its expression in and through the contingent world. It is a dispensation of Providence ordained by the Ordainer, the All-Wise.” Bahá’í Writings
“Briefly, it is not only their fellow human beings that the beloved of God must treat with mercy and compassion, rather must they show forth the utmost loving-kindness to every living creature. For in all physical respects, and where the animal spirit is concerned, the selfsame feelings are shared by animal and man. Man hath not grasped this truth, however, and he believeth that physical sensations are confined to human beings, wherefore is he unjust to the animals, and cruel.”