It's Spring! Disconnect & get out there!
Children are more disconnected from the natural world than ever before. This is deeply concerning.
In Richard Louv's bestselling book Last Child in the Woods, he quotes a child as saying he wanted to play inside because "that's where the electrical outlets are". Technology is here to stay, and it can certainly influence a child's desire to be indoors. We have a responsibility to make sure children don't miss out on all the joys and benefits of being outdoors in the natural world!
Research shows a long list of benefits for children who play outdoors, such as better health and learning, and being more imaginative, creative and cooperative. Some studies even state that children are calmer, more engaged and happier outdoors. Children can't bounce off the walls if there are no walls!
As well, the way children become good stewards of the environment is by nurturing a love of nature when they are young. We can't expect children to care for our natural world is they don't have a loving relationship and familiarity with it. Children are naturally drawn to other living things. We call it biophilia, and it is simply the love of nature and living organisms. We all need to connect deeply and regularly with nature.
Encourage exploration outdoors this Spring!