Exploring nature with children is extremely beneficial for everyone involved!
There are so many benefits for children when they start exploring nature, including an improvement in children's:
- Awareness ... When outside, children experience the different environments, creatures, atmospheres, sensory experiences and activities
- Reasoning ... In the natural environment, children are naturally curious to find out about the what, when, why, who and
how of the things they discover
- Observational Skills ... Children observe the activity and changes around them (e.g., ants scuttling here and there, leaves changing colour, etc.)
- Concentration ... Time often seems to stand still in the outdoor environment. Children relax and are therefore able to focus and concentrate more
- Eyesight ... Outdoor experiences reduce the rates of nearsightedness, or myopia. Outside there's more to see at greater distances which exercises eye muscles
- Sense of Wonder ... Nature is full of wonders such as the activities of insects, the movement of leaves. The colours, sights, sounds, textures and tastes all add to the wonder
- Cognitive Abilities ... Children who spend time in nature-based activities show gains in science, language arts, maths, social interactions and social studies
- Problem-Solving ... Nature provides multiple opportunities to ask question and seek answers. It's a learning environment that is unrivaled!
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the benefits of exploring nature with children. There is so much more that could be included when physical activities and social interactions are added into the equation.
However, one of the main reasons I love exploring nature with children is that their stress levels drop away allowing them to learn and discover more effectively. The fresh air, space and greenery all play a part in reducing stress and enhancing a sense of serenity!
Wherever you live in the world, we hope you're able to enjoy time exploring nature with children. Have fun!
By the way, we're celebrating the realise of our new book, "A Plucky Australian Platypus". This particular platypus takes an unsusual approach to his natural environment.
"A Plucky Australian Platypus" is great for focusing on the blend 'pl' as heaps of words starting with 'pl' have been included.
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