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Outdoors, Fun Nannies Explore

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As a young girl, the best moments in life were spent in trees, discovering dinosaur eggs, pretending to be a cowgirl roaming the neighborhood with my sidekick, and capturing fireflies on long summer nights. Spending time outdoors made my life much richer, and as I get older I am more and more thankful for those memories.

If you are concerned that your kids are not getting enough exposer to the great outside world, you’re probably right. Most kids have a lot less experience with nature now than their parent’s generation. It kind of makes you wonder if Wall-E really is our fate.

  • 64% of kids today play outside less than once a week.
  • 28% haven’t been on a country walk in the last year.
  • 21% regularly play outside, as opposed to 71% of their parents

The truth is, kids are not only missing out on great memories, but they’re missing out on a ton of health benefits and brain stimulation. When we take five minutes of time to “green exercise” rapid improvements escalate in mental wellbeing and self-esteem, (with the greatest benefits experienced by the young, according to a study this year at the University of Essex.) The AAP says outdoor play has been shown to help children focus better in a classroom setting and to enhance readiness for learning, easing the transition to school.

  • The distance our kids stray from home on their own has shrunk by 90% since the 70s
  • 43% of adults think a child shouldn’t play outdoors unsupervised till the age of 14
  • 20% have never climbed a tree
  • 21% have never been on a farm

Free and unstructured play in the outdoors boosts problem-solving skills, focus, and self-discipline. Socially it improves cooperation, flexibility, and awareness. Emotional benefits include reduced aggression and increased happiness. The Children & Nature Network says contact with nature can help reduce stress levels and positively impact conditions such as anxiety or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (livestrong.com).

Let’s take a look at those benefits again, shall we…

Improves:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Self-esteem
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Focus
  • Self-discipline
  • Cooperation
  • Flexibility
  • Awareness
  • Happiness

Reduces:

  • Aggression
  • Stress Levels
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD

Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors,” concluded one authoritative study by American Medical Association.

If you need more ideas for playtime outside please check out these sights for extra ideas and inspiration! Family Education & No Time for Flash Cards have some great ideas for all ages and stages.