Nature Play Week, celebrating its tenth yr in 2023, is operating from the seventeenth – thirtieth April, with numerous organised occasions being held throughout the nation.
Coordinated by Youngsters in Nature Community, Nature Play Week is a nationwide marketing campaign that encourages dad and mom and caregivers to get their children outdoor and to expertise the advantages of nature play.
Prior to now 30 years, the desire for indoor areas has turn into extra distinguished as screens have taken up extra of our youngsters’s time and a spotlight.
In consequence, parental worry, poor city planning and overly structured play and supervision have all labored collectively to forestall children from enjoying outdoor. This disconnect from nature has critical implications for the psychological, bodily, emotional, and non secular wellbeing of our children and of the pure world.
Why are youngsters higher off spending time in nature?
Nature play is all about permitting youngsters to discover the pure atmosphere, interact in free play, and to attach with nature. It’s additionally about serving to youngsters to develop a way of curiosity and creativity.
Analysis has proven that nature play has a constructive impression on youngsters’s bodily and psychological well being, in addition to on their cognitive growth.
Research have discovered that youngsters who spend extra time outdoor are typically extra bodily energetic and have higher bodily well being, in addition to decrease ranges of stress and anxiousness. Additionally they are inclined to have higher focus and problem-solving abilities.
Nature play may assist to foster a way of connection and respect for the atmosphere. By exploring the pure world, youngsters can acquire an appreciation for the wonder that exists round us and be taught to maintain the atmosphere.
What’s Nature Play week?
Throughout Nature Play Week, dad and mom and caregivers can discover a number of enjoyable and artistic actions that encourage youngsters to discover and join with nature.
From constructing a den within the woods to enjoying within the mud, there are such a lot of actions that may assist youngsters to have enjoyable and to be taught in regards to the atmosphere.
Nature play will be an vital half of a kid’s growth and it may be an effective way for them to get energetic and to discover the world round them. To hitch in Nature Play Week and get your children outdoor, try their calendar of occasions right here.
If there aren’t any occasions close to you or you’ll be able to’t make it to them, here’s a listing of 10 nature play concepts you are able to do along with your child or toddler any time of yr (bear in mind the saying, ‘There’s no such factor as dangerous climate, solely unsuitable clothes’!):
- Take a nature stroll and observe animals and crops.
- Acquire rocks and leaves to discover shapes and textures.
- Use pure objects corresponding to sticks, leaves, and stones to create artwork and music.
- Plant flowers, herbs, and greens collectively.
- Go on a scavenger hunt for pure objects.
- Make mud pies with filth, water and rocks.
- Construct a miniature fort or ‘campfire’ utilizing sticks and rocks.
- Make a chook feeder out of an previous milk carton.
- Fly a kite.
- Go on a bug hunt.