THE BENEFITS

Simply stated, nature is good for children.  This seems obvious to most adults, yet today’s kids spend an average of 6.5 hours each day in front of some type of electronic media.  Over the past 20 years childhood obesity has doubled and children spend half as much time outside. Author Richard Louv named this alarming problem  “Nature Deficit Disorder” in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods.Louv’s book has started a national movement to reconnect kids to nature. Visit www.childrenandnature.org or www.greenhour.org for more information.


Why Nature Play?

Kids are kept indoors not only because of the lure of electronic media, but also things like the fear of strangers, traffic and lack of open space, liability, and concerns about insects, bee stings, and itchy plants. Overscheduled children are also cited as a major contributors to “nature deficit.” 


The Benefits of Outdoor Play

  • Increases children’s creativity, reduce stress, and lead to increased physical fitness.

  • Improves children’s motor skills, including coordination.

  • Helps children develop better immune systems, become fitter and leaner, and have more active imaginations.

  • Result in children’s greater respect for themselves, for others, and for the environment.


(Source: Connecting Today’s Kids with Nature, White, Heather. 2008 National Wildlife Federation)



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