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I remember my first grade teacher taking my pocket knife away, and then giving it to the bus driver. I got it back when I got off the bus. She thought that whittling on the playground was too dangerous.
Nowadays, the school would be on lockdown. Counselors would be called in in case anyone felt unsafe or was traumatized by the sight of the knife.
 

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My kids had ponies. They rode them through forests, rivers, the desert, etc.
 

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My kids had ponies. They rode them through forests, rivers, the desert, etc.
I've always been an optimist...I remember one Christmas morning, I came downstairs and found my Christmas stocking full of horse manure...Wow!!! I was so happy! I figured they bought me a pony!!

Back to the OP-- What about an ant farm or a weather station? How old are these kids?
 

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Stimulate their imaginations-- They could listen to old time radio on rainy days or at bed time. If you're old enough to remember, Mark Trail was a comic strip & radio show about a forest ranger/naturalist and his adventures, usually centered around some problem of environmental stewardship. Dumb.com - Old Time Radio - Adventure - Mark Trail
 

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The best way to connect your kids with nature is to be connected yourself!
So many good ideas here....
The Peterson Guides are what I use with children.
Knot tying books are also fun for 6+
 
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