Here is some helpful information I found in my online "travels." It is good for parents as well as Grandparents...and I'm almost certain there are some Aunts and Uncles that could use this as well. So, let's begin thinking "outside" the box when it comes to the Kiddos!
Every toy, book, and TV show that comes out has been designed and redesigned in order to make it educational and entertaining for children. The great thing about nature is that, while being entertaining and stimulating to the imagination, it’s also educational. Nature can teach children the basics of science, economics, and creativity.
Here are some reasons to go outdoors:
It makes them think. Have you heard about a trend in education towards inquiry based learning. Researchers have found that if students explore and experiment to figure out answers on their own, they’re going to learn better, and retain more information. (That sure beats all the memorization in my day!) It also helps them develop skills to be able to learn things on their own later. Nature is the perfect environment to learn things. There are lessons for kids of all ages waiting to be discovered about the world around them.
It may help the world. Everyone these days is trying to be more green and more environmentally conscious. (You can check out my very own "green" journey at Green Living Thrifty Frog blog.) What better way to help do your part than to get your children interested in their own planet than when they’re young and their minds are like sponges? What might be a fun time for them now, might be a future hobby, career, or, who knows, one of them my come up with a world-saving invention.
So, get out and explore...have an adventure...use your imagination! Think "outside" the house!
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