Why Your Kids Should LOVE Nature-And So Should You!
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- Nature builds confidence. Nature doesn’t come with a set of instructions. There is no end to the ways to interact with outdoor environments, from the garden to the woods to the local park or lake, and giving your child power over their environment and making their own choices is a valuable lesson for their future.
- Nature encourages creativity and imagination. A free style of play encourages kids to use their imaginations and use their surroundings constructively. They can think more freely, design their own activities, and approach the world in unique ways.
- Nature teaches our kids responsibility. Nature teaches our kids how life cycles work and how to care for living things in the world around them. Giving children the responsibility of taking care of their environment, means they’ll learn what happens when they forget to water a plant, or pull a flower out by its roots. All wonderful life lessons.
Nature is a must for healthy stimulation.
Getting out and enjoying nature actually uses more of your childs senses—you can see, hear, smell, and touch outdoor environments. It’s obvious to see how children’s developement is affected from a lack of nature as it is actually causing your childs senses to narrow, and patience is shorter. It takes bigger and more extravagant adventures to get even the smallest response from children each time,which in turn takes the fun out of most things. The joy in life is the ability to experience it through all your senses.
- Nature gets our kids moving. The importance of nature in a child’s health is huge. Usually, spending time in nature involves some sort of excersize. Kids don’t need to become an expert bike racer but a gentle walk through the woods or an afternoon picnic will all help. Exercise is good for our kids’ bodies, but it also makes them more focused.
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- Nature encourages our kids to think. When kids enjoy being outdoors in parks, gardens and woodlands, they connect with nature and ask questions about the world around them and about the earth and the life that it supports.
- Nature reduces stress, The bustling lives our children lead, zooming from school to after school clubs, friends houses, visiting family, homework, etc forces their brains to stay ‘on’ and constantly working which is exhausting and creates a feeling of tiredness and overwhelm. The importance of nature in a child’s developement cannot be understated, when they spend time outdoors in nature, their brains can relax and effortlessly absorb what’s going on around them which in turn creates a feeling of happiness and peace.