By Lilly Vicens -
Storytelling and nature exploration are the two best ways I know for connecting and learning together as a family. As a homeschooling mom, I learn every day alongside my daughter, and we spend much of our time outdoors hiking and exploring. I started writing children’s stories inspired by our outings and imaginative play when my daughter was just a toddler.
This past New Year, I made a resolution to publish my nature-inspired stories on my website every month. We just finished our fifth episode of the Tulip Tree Tales podcast, and my daughter and husband helped me with the editing and voices. We enjoy listening to the podcasts, giggling at the voices, and making up new versions of the same stories on our nature walks.
If you want to see how that works and try one yourself, check out the episode, “Jackrabbit and the Hop that Hurt.” My daughter and I conceptualized the story together while playing with puppets in the nature center at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center while on a trip to the Sonoran Desert. It was great to see the look of realization cross Cecilia’s face when she heard me tell her story the first time.
I ultimately hope that even more families will re-tell their own stories outdoors on the trail, around the fire, or as I like to say, “beneath the tulip trees.” If you don’t know where to get started, you can find storytelling guides that include ideas for nature walks, book lists, discussion questions, and extension activities all on tuliptreetales.com.
If you just want to listen to the podcast, search for Tulip Tree Tales on your favorite podcasting app. It is a joy being a part of Tin Can Kids and seeing everyone share their love of learning.