Connecting Your Children with God Through Nature and Play this Summer

Connecting Your Children with God Through Nature and Play this Summer

| Published on: July 23, 2021 |

One of the most incredible things about the Catholic faith is the omnipresence of God in the everyday fabric of our lives. God’s love and light is all around us, but it’s up to us to seek Him out and strive for connection with God through prayer and reflection.

Fostering a Fulfilling Relationship Between Your Children and Their Faith

As a Catholic parent, you want to foster a loving relationship between your child and God—with smaller children, though, this is often much easier said than done. Fortunately, the summer season is ripe with opportunities to teach your child about the everpresent love and light of God, and you can strengthen his or her understanding of the Catholic faith through the natural wonders of the world that reveal themselves during this lively time of year.

How to Teach Your Child About God During the Summer Season

For all children, summer is the time of year meant for fun and adventure—more often than not, prayer is the last thing on their minds. In order to encourage them to pray more frequently and to become more enthusiastic about practicing their faith during all times of the year, strive to make religious learning and faith-based habit-building fun for your children.

Discovering the Natural Wonder of God’s Earth

Natural wonder is all around us, and summertime is the perfect opportunity to share with your child the beauty of the outside world. Taking family nature walks—or even a stroll through a large local park—is a great way to introduce your child to the ways in which God is present in the natural world.

Utilizing Play As a Means of Faith-Based Communication and Connection

Play is an essential part of your child’s development, and the summer season provides ample time to explore the world in fun and enriching ways. Teaching prayer to young children through play is particularly effective, as the short attention spans that are common at this age can be more easily managed through engaging activities that already feel familiar. Some opportunities for faith-based play maybe arts and crafts, image identification, and storytelling.