Playing outside in nature was a normal childhood experience in the past. Many of us have recalling’s of time spent outside riding our bicycles around the area, swinging from the clothesline, climbing trees or structures, playing street cricket or khabadi or kho-kho, picking fruits or vegetables straight from homegrown trees and moon-light dinners.
Kids today are investing less energy outside in nature with the coming of new screen-based advancements and the development of a hazards society with the outcomes of childhood obesity, depression and behavioral disorders.
Nature play isn’t simply fun however are fundamental to the well-being and develops to their full potential.
- Moppets who play regularly in natural settings are sick less often.
- Moppets who invest more energy outside tend to be more physically active and less likely to be overweight.
- Moppets who play in natural settings are more resistant to stress; have lower incidence of behavioral disorders, anxiety and depression.
- Moppets who play in natural settings play in more diverse, imaginative and creative ways and show improved language and collaboration skills.
- Side effects of Attention Deficit Disorder are lessened after contact with nature.
Teaching your kids to love nature doesn’t require a curriculum. It doesn’t require a lot of supplies. It only requires your time and participation. Here’s a simple playlist for the beginners.
- Bug hunt
- Rock Art
- Scavenger Hunt
- Build a Terrarium
- Pressed Flowers
- Leaf / Seeds Collection
- Nature Collage
- Print Painting
- Mud Play
It is very important to raise our kids to be balanced and to know that they don’t have to experience everything through an app.
You many also read Benefits of Puzzles, Significance of Free Play, Why Montessori Shelves? and Themed Activities for more thoughts and ideas. Use our Moppets Wiki Facebook Page to receive regular activities and free printable.
Article by Vaishnavi Yelchur