Experience nature and play outside education

For children, experiencing pure nature is the greatest adventure of their life. Nothing, not even a great computer game, can give children the experiences they have while playing outdoors. We have known for a long time that playing in nature is healthy and important, but now there are studies that prove it.

Experience nature strengthens self-confidence and creativity

Brain research comes to the realization of how elementary the contact with animals and plants is, the movement in nature, from climbing trees to building teepees. This experience of nature promotes emotional attachment, empathy and also creativity, imagination and joie de vivre are strengthened, in short: playing in nature makes our children more social, compassionate people.

Children in nature
Children in nature - © Halfpoint / Adobe Stock

Children learn in the game and in the movement

Those who experience nature experience themselves. Where are you more in harmony with yourself than when strolling through wide fields, watching frogs in the streams or playing hide and seek in the forest. Children find and test their limits while playing freely in nature, get to know each other better, regardless of whether they climb the tree tops less than their best friend.

Nature takes children to their roots, to their own self, something that no television can do. Thus, the experience of nature sustainably strengthens the children's self-esteem and self-confidence, which are important elements in our performance-oriented society. Experience nature should therefore be on the curriculum of all schools!

To experience nature means to follow human needs

Children who play outside follow the very instincts of mankind. Man is inspired by the love of life - nature is a mysterious oasis of life for children, here they can observe, research and learn to their heart's content, nowhere else is life more concrete and tangible than when experiencing nature. The children literally hold life in their hands outdoors. In America, in the land of once unlimited possibilities, there is already talk of a natural deficiency in children, a term that Richard Louv coined. The very fact that this term exists shows how important it is for our children to spend time outdoors, in meadows and fields, in the forest or in the garden! Treat your child to numerous hours outdoors so that they can experience themselves and nature.

Playing outside makes children happy

When I think back to my own childhood, I remember spending a lot of time in the fresh air. I played in the meadow with neighbors' children, we looked for sticks and leaves in the forest. We felt it rocked up to the sky. Regardless of whether it was warm or cold outside, sunny or rainy - I always played in the fresh air and created whole worlds with materials from nature.

A lot has changed since then. Many children today prefer to watch TV and play computer games than to go out into the fresh air. It is primarily the parents' initiative to instill in their children their early childhood upbringing, the joy of play and exercise in nature.

In addition, the play in the fresh air and the proximity to nature is good for the immune system, which is largely built in childhood. Therefore, even adults still benefit from being allowed to play outside much as children are less susceptible to infections and colds.

Numerous problems arise when children squat primarily in the room. More and more children are overweight because they have a lack of exercise. If a high-calorie and unhealthy diet is added, the risk of children suffering from civilization diseases such as type 2 diabetes increases.

The concentration range is also reduced when children are exposed to constant media input and can not be compensated for, for example through games and physical activity in nature. Because this stimulates the brain activity, allows blood and oxygen in the body to circulate better and thus promotes naturally the concentration of the child.

Another positive effect is that the little ones are simply more balanced if they can let off steam regularly. The reason is the happiness hormone serotonin, which is released during physical activity. Who doesn't prefer a happy, nagging child?

However, some things do not change: once you have lured the children outside and they run around in the playground or run in the forest, scratches and bruises do not fail to materialize. The clothes don't always go undamaged.

With full physical effort, the children's clothes quickly break. We parents have to mend things. There are now various internet shops that offer colorful, funny iron-on transfers and patches. With such beautiful motifs, parents like to get over a tear in their jacket or pants. How nice that some things just don't change.

 

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