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Nature Play

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Exposure to nature is essential for children’s health, development and establishing a commitment to conservation. Children who feel connected to the natural world are more likely to preserve and care for it.

Written by: Leah Brookes  

Nature Play

 

 

 

 

 

Exposure to nature is essential for children’s health and development. It is as simple as being barefoot on the grass, playing in sand, water, dirt or mud. 

 

Create a mud kitchen by adding old pots, spoons, a jug for water and a mortar and pestle to a space in the garden where children can use dirt, leaves and flowers for cooking or making perfume.

 

Next time you go for a walk take a bag and collect leaves, flowers, seed pods and other natural treasures you find. These can be used for sorting like items together, making patterns, counting, art experiences such as collage or used with play dough. 

 

Children who feel connected to the natural world are more likely to preserve and care for it. Nature play provides opportunities to talk with children about why we recycle and how they help to save our planet when they recycle. When gardening and growing food children can develop a sense of purpose and pride. They grew the flower for mummy or the cherry tomatoes that are now in the salad for dinner.

 

A garden needs to be nurtured and in return, it provides relaxation, teaches patience and joy. It takes time for things to grow which fosters a greater appreciation for the natural environment.

 
 
 
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