Why do nature-inspired early childhood environments engage children in literacy learning? Research shows that humans have an innate need to connect to nature. This need is met when educators bring natural elements into the classroom, for example plant life, natural light, water, and upcycled wood or branches. When this approach is embraced, the aura of the classroom ignites a sense of wonder and curiosity. It is that very sense of wonder and curiosity that allows children to engage with materials and build their reading, speaking, listening, language, and writing skills.