These days, children spend more and more time indoors looking at screens, resulting in a disconnection from nature.
Studies have shown important links between child mental wellbeing, and access to green space, with a plethora of evidence highlighting the mental, social and physical benefits of our kiddies being out in nature.
So what are these amazing benefits? And how can you take advantage of them?
Studies have shown that children who have more meaningful and positive encounters in nature have more care and awareness towards our planet and conservation later in life.
Spending time outside as a family exploring nature can really help create those positive experiences and connections.
Why not try making a list as a family of all the wonderful places you’d love to explore in your area, and tick them off as you go!
Experts claim that kids who play outside more are happier, smarter, more focused, and less anxious.
Being outdoors also promotes kids’ creativity through unstructured play and using their imagination.
There are so many different ways that you can inject some outdoor play into the days: you could take a walk with the family dog, go for a bike ride, play some backyard cricket, draw with some outdoor chalk on the driveway, bounce on the trampoline, let the kids take some photos of flowers or creatures in your garden, or just free play in the garden using their imagination!
Plant a family veggie garden
This one can be a super fun activity to do as a family, and can help teach your children how to care for and take responsibility for a living thing. It will also give them a great sense of achievement and excitement when they see their plants growing in the garden!
One of the amazing benefits of having kids involved in a veggie garden is that it can encourage healthy eating habits, and teach them more about wholefoods; all whilst receiving the benefits of being out in nature!
Check out this website Family Garden Life to learn how to get started!
If you don’t have space for a veggie garden, then you can always buy some small pots to pop on your windowsill or balcony and grow some small plants!