It's Only Natural...

"Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives." Thomas Berry from The Dream of Earth.

It should also be one of the most natural events and it has now been shown to strengthen immunity. "Children who play regularly in natural settings are sick less often. Mud, sand, water, leaves, sticks, pine cones and gum nuts can help to stimulate children's immune system as well as their imagination." More of the theory at Kidsafe Nature - based playgrounds

"Contact with the natural world  can significantly reduce symptoms of attention- deficit disorder in children as young as five years old."  Kuo and Taylor, 2004 

For easy practical ideas that do not need expertise or resources try:
  • collecting leaves 
  • I spy game
  • use pebbles or rocks to make a pattern in the dirt or grass
  • Go on an insect hunt - just to observe them in their natural place
  • Lie under a shady tree altogether and tell stories
  • Make a big circle and sing a song - it could be about the weather
For more outdor ideas try:


jenny said...

What a lovely quote :)

Sherry and Donna said...

Thanks to Jenny from 'Let the children play' for sending us here today!
Donna :) :)


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