Objective: This study aimed to investigate the effects of a walking program developed by applying the flow learning method in order to improve children’s attitude toward nature and their empathy ability among other five-year-olds.?Methods: A total of 49 five-year-olds attending classes at two kindergartens located in B city participated in this study. There were 24 children in the comparative group and 25 children in the experimental group. Before and after the program, all participants individually took a child’s nature-friendly attitude test and rated their empathy ability with a teacher. Using SPSS 25.0 version program, data were analyzed by conducting means, standard deviation, t-test, and ANCOVA(Analysis of Covariance).
Results: Children who participated in the walking program using flow learning showed significantly higher nature-friendly attitudes than those of the comparative group. And empathy abilities in the experimental group were higher than in the comparative group in all areas.
Conclusion/Implications: The results of this study suggest that a walking program applying flow learning is effective in improving young children’s nature-friendly attitude and their empathy abilities.