Summer is the perfect time to get your children outdoors and involved with nature - luring them away from mobile devices, computers, and television screens. In an excellent online article for The Washington Post, 10 Ways to Get Your Kids Out in Nature, and Why It Matters, author Lauren Knight explains why your children’s physical and psychological well-being will benefit in a myriad of ways by exploring nature.
It all starts with the parents, Ms. Knight writes. If parents are enthusiastic and curious about nature, their children will be too. Ms. Knight recommends to just “sit and observe” at a specific area. Don’t have busy distractions. I typically encourage in my blogs for parents to ask questions and not simply give children answers. Help your children look at different aspects of nature, ask questions, and search for the answers themselves.
Try an outing at a planetarium and then lay out on the open grass and gaze at the stars at night. By first visiting the planetarium, you will get more information about the constellations and what to look for. When gazing up at the stars at night, your child will have a better understanding and truly get to enjoy and appreciate such spectacular beauties.
Planting a garden is another way to enjoy nature. From planting seeds to eating the crops, children can have a lot of fun. Have your children assist in purchasing all the items you will need for the garden as well as planting and watering. They will learn much more by doing than just watching.
There are many books that she recommends for children that involve nature. Visit the website link below and see the list of books. There are some for young children as well as older children.
Find out what outdoor activities are available in your community. Summer is an especially good time for children to be outside and enjoying themselves.
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