In these times when stress induced by continuous contact with technology takes a toll on well-being, you and your child can engage in nature walks. Undertaking such walks regularly will keep you in good health and spirits.
A walk in a park or any area surrounded by trees has a soothing effect on your nervous system. It helps you relieve stress. When you go for nature walks, you not only give nature a chance to work its wonders to rejuvenate you, you also open up the doors for learning. Children can learn so much from closeness to nature. To explain the importance of children getting close to nature, Scholastic.com quotes Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the 'Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder' thus: "We should not think of a child's experience in nature as an extracurricular activity. It should be thought of as vital to children's health and development."
Did you ever think of the varied ways in which you can organise your nature walk and turn it into a learning experience based on specific themes? You could easily turn a simple walk into an expedition to teach your kid all about colours, sounds, leaves, flowers, insects, animals or birds. The sky is the limit when it comes to what purpose you can seek to fulfil with your nature walk.
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This sheet discusses the benefits of connecting children to nature and presents examples of simple ways to naturalise outdoor learning environments in childcare centers.
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