There is another reason for getting children out in nature – development of the mind and the spirit. The synapses in the brain are not static – they are constantly growing and forming new connections. The more the brain is stimulated by new things, the more the child explores and tries to discover things or figure them out, the better the mind grows and the smarter the child will be. And the child will be formed by nature, not by Hollywood or X-box! Ah, and then there’s the fresh air and sunshine and exercise!
So we as parents need to create a sense of wonder in our children, to get them outside and keep them there (besides, the house is less messy that way – just a little perk!) I will be making many posts on this subject – about making kid-spaces, doing crafts and experiments, and just sharing our experiences. Please give me your comments, too! I’m sure some of you also have good ideas.