The importance of outdoor play for children has been stressed by developmental experts and parenting professionals alike. The independent carefree childhood that you may have experienced has now become a thing of the past, and children are spending more and more time inside in front of screens. However, it has been scientifically shown that a rich childhood, full of wild adventures, is the best way to develop key motor neuron pathways, hand eye coordination, and give your children a sense of themselves as a part of nature, rather than detached from it.
Forest learning For The Family
There are the classic games children play outdoors that we all know and love. Share some nostalgia with you kids by teaching them the games you loved as a child, like capture the flag. They can enjoy playing independently in a safe environment, because you will be there playing with them. You will be aiding their physical and mental development, while also fostering happy memories that will last you both a lifetime.
A ‘Wildhood’ Weekend
Playing outside is a great way to share meaningful experiences with your child. But if you want to take it one step further you can discover what ‘wildhood’ really means by taking your kids out to the wilderness (or a convenient campground). Camping with children may seem like a disaster waiting to happen, but it is also an opportunity to develop essential skills in survival, independence and resourcefulness: helping your kids’ self-esteem as they problem-solve and make helpful contributions. Solving challenges together as a team using only what equipment you have will give your children excellent life skills, and you will begin to get to know them as a person by spending more time with them in a new context.
For forest-learning lovers, you can extend your ‘wildhood’ weekend and play wildly in nature by making your very own outdoor area for children in your back yard. This is a great way to foster your children’s sense of connection with nature, and love of its beauty, diversity and systems, by witnessing the behaviours of living things everyday.