WATCHING my daughter Becca (8) rescue earthworms while I dug the garden got me thinking about the benefits of allowing children to get mucky.
As she scrambled around to protect the worms from our hens, Becca was being exposed to what I consider healthy bugs. She was running her own conservation mission while chatting to me about why she loved earthworms.
AFTER a morning spent in a hot car and then a hot room listening to Primary School children singing we made the most of the afternoon by heading to what I consider our local nature’s classroom!
We’ve been having a blast taking part in the 30DaysWild challenge, but it’s been a little nuts because of Ava (10) and Becca’s (8) after-school activities.
On Day 2 we made sure that the garden birds and other wildlife had plenty of water to drink but Day 3 was a bit of a write-off, although I did plant some everlasting sweetpea seeds, which I understand are good for pollinators.
Helping children to learn about, and appreciate nature, has multiple benefits – it inspires their imagination; it encourages what I call invisible learning (it feels like play rather than work so they don’t realise it’s happening), they are physically active, and they are developing an interest in their environment.
And of course, there are plenty of benefits for the grown-ups involved – spending a day outdoors can be just as enjoyable and informative for them.
CHILDREN’S easy access to modern technology in today’s world is in danger of leaving them cut off from nature.
It’s always tempting for busy parents to use TV, computers and mobile devices to keep their children occupied when life is hectic. But, adults should also look to nature as a valuable resource to keep youngsters busy, active and curious.Continue reading “Nature helps nurture kids”