Wordless Wednesday: Natural Learning

This week we asked: What does natural learning look like?

(Read more about Natural Learning on our resource page, and enjoy this week’s articles on the theme.)

kael cooking
From Casey: “Whenever either my husband or I are in the kitchen, we have at least one helper!”
Casey blogs at Love What Is

baby in snow
Baby’s first snow experience — now he knows what cold is!
From Mandi: “(Don’t worry — he had several layers of clothes on under the moose suit!)”
Her son is turning 1 this month.

springing gas pipeline marker
From Shannon: “Kids are learning all the time, a fact my daughter constantly reminds me of. On our walks in the woods near our house, we pass by this gas pipeline marker. At first, she just hugged it and said, ‘This is my best friend!’ But lately she has been experimenting with physics and seeing how far and fast she can make it spring back and forth. Of all the ways to teach about tensile strength and oscillation, this was not one that had ever occurred to me.”
Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes.

X writing letters
X — 4 years old and learning to write his letters.
Super Mama blogs at Three Men and a Mama.

toddlers playing with scarves
Elsie and Delia playing with scarves together — on top of the play table — at 14 months.
Kristin blogs at Intrepid Murmurings.

counting the egg carton
Momma Jorje isn’t sure WHAT Sasha was learning here, but it was surely something!
Sasha loves to pretend to count, so they count the spaces and separators in the egg carton for fun.
Sasha’s mom blogs at Momma Jorje.

sage enjoying the dirt
From Jade: “This is Sage Autumn at 18 months last summer on one of our outings. We encourage her to use all of her senses to learn about her surroundings and never hold her back from exploring, even if it involves sitting and looking at a leaf for an hour or, as this picture demonstrates, getting really dirty! After this picture was taken she then proceeded to ‘build up her immune system’ … aka starting eating the dirt!”

Tell us: What does natural learning look like in your family?

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21 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Natural Learning

  1. Dominique @Dominique's Desk  

    The kids in the photos look like they are having so much fun.
    Happy WW

  2. Melissa  

    I just love all of these! I meant to send my own, but seeing these is quite satisfying as it is 🙂 I love the many ways our children learn!

  3. Laurie Harrison  

    These are really super. Love the last one. My gosh, a little dirt never killed anyone, my mom used to say. And now I find myself saying it with my granddaughters. How fun these pics are!

  4. Melissa (MamaWhimsy)

    What lovely examples! I love to see little ones being able to explore their environment- especially when there’s mud involved!!:o) How fun!

  5. Rachael  

    These photos are all so marvelous — little ones learning with their hands and bodies as well as their minds!

  6. Lindsay Dianne  

    I love this post! I guess my wordless wednesday this week is about natural learning, but I guess a lot of mine are. I was just thinking today, people are going to get tired of pictures of us on walks in the woods, but we never get tired of going on those walks.

  7. Shash  

    I love the last shot… I have one similar of my now 10 year old DD.

    You want how much for our bags?!

  8. Amy  

    These are so great! I love seeing other peoples’ kids getting messy–it makes the messes over here feel much better. =)

  9. Momma Jorje

    The lighting behind the girls on the play table… gorgeous photo! And such great ways all these children are learning!

  10. Lauren  

    I agree with the lighting comment on Kristin’s photo! And Sage dipping her head in the mud just slays me. 🙂 Makes me want to loosen up about the mess.

  11. Jessica Lang @ Cloth Diapering Mama  

    I love the little muddy bum from Jade!!! Such sweet innocent kiddos in all of these great pics!

  12. Mama Mo @ Attached at the Nip

    I especially love the one of the twins… but I am partial I guess 🙂 Such fun examples of how play IS learning! Love it!

  13. tree

    i love the baby in the mud photo!! That is great!!

  14. Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails

    all great ideas! kids are learning all the time, sometimes “we” forget that 😉

  15. Sara

    I love the little muddy bottom! Cute, cute, cute.

  16. JamericanSpice

    These are wonderful examples!

    I love the photo and narrations!


  17. Kristin  

    Great photos this week! I need to get my girls out for a good romp in the mud, pronto! That looks like fun.

    Thanks for the kudos on my pic — the sun pours in that front window and often wrecks havoc on my photos, but in this case, with the scarves and hair, it worked pretty well. I miss my little babies! Though the still play like that sometimes!