As a society, we often focus on the importance of academics and extracurricular activities for children. While these things are certainly important, it’s just as crucial for kids to have time to play and explore in nature. Research has shown that spending time in nature has numerous benefits for children, including improved physical and mental health, increased creativity and problem-solving skills, and a greater appreciation for the environment.
Research has shown that time spent in nature has numerous benefits for children’s physical and mental health. Outdoor play helps to improve children’s concentration and problem-solving skills, and can also reduce stress and anxiety. In fact, a study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that children who had regular access to nature had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
But with the rise of screens and sedentary activities, it’s becoming increasingly rare for children to spend time in nature. That’s why it’s important to make a conscious effort to provide opportunities for outdoor play and exploring the natural world.
Our nature play class is tailored for children ages 18M-8Y and is held in a community garden. Each week, we’ll have a different theme focused on exploring the outdoors and engaging with nature. Activities may include nature art, planting seeds, building habitats, searching for treasures and insects, and playing games. Each class is a party because each week we celebrate a special nature theme! We also do this through dancing, incorporating movement and live music! Tara often chooses a special song to play on the ukulele to further engage explorers.
Not only will your child have the chance to get some exercise and fresh air, but they’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the environment and develop important life skills. We believe that these experiences in nature are vital for the healthy development of children, and we’re excited to offer this program as a way to make it easier for families to prioritize nature play.
If you’re interested in signing your child up for our nature play class, please visit our page for more information and to register. Don’t let busy schedules keep your child from the benefits of playing in nature. We hope to see you and your child in the garden soon!