Playtime is something that is very important for growing kids, and it is best done outdoors, where there is nature. Nature is good for their development in many ways and should never be taken for granted. In this article, we are going to take a look at the benefits of nature for kids.
Many kids in this generation tend to prefer indoor play, which isn’t healthy at all. In our days, we couldn’t wait to get outside the moment that the sun was out, but kids of these days find it ‘normal’ to play indoors. Indoor plays usually means playing computer and video games, which could make the kids lose touch with reality. When they play outdoors, in nature, they are more bound to take appropriate risks in life, and they are generally more creative.
The amount of time that the kids nowadays are spending on TV, computer, and video games, is not healthy. We should encourage our kids to go outside and play in the backyard, or somewhere with nature. You could also plan to do something with the kids out there every so often, such as taking a hike or going on a nature vacation.
When the kids are out there chasing after things like butterflies, listening to the birds singing, watching the clouds move, tasting wild berries, and breathing in the fresh air, it is beneficial to them physically and mentally. Their senses and motor skills are greatly improved, and it is a good break from their academic lives.
When the kids play outdoors, their minds are fresh due to nature out there, and where there are no limits, unlike in a closed environment. The kids are exposed to all sorts of different situations where they learn and adapt. They also get to learn different things such as types of plants, animals, insects, sports, and many other things.
There are many self-destructive habits that are associated with indoor playing, while the outside world is full of opportunities, where they can meet and interact with playmates, helping, sharing, learning, and solving.
Some of the things that the kids could learn from being outside are insects. Kids are generally very curious and will notice the tiniest of things. There are both constructive and destructive insects, and in the destructive group lies the Emerald Ash Borer. This beetle is a pest that is threatening the existence of the Ash tree in more than 20 states in the US. Its larvae grow inside the stem of the Ash tree, after which the beetle eats away through the stem as it finds it’s way out, leaving a “D” shaped exit. The leaves of the Ash Tree begin to dry and the tree finally dies due to the fact that their water supply is cut off. The United States spends more than $120 billion annually in a bid to control the Emerald Ash Borer.
The tree can be treated by being applied to a treatment every two years. Failure to apply the treatment even once will mean that the whole exercise is a waste. People can also remove the Ash trees and replace them with other tree species, so as not to have a negative impact on the environment. The other option is to watch the trees wasting away to the beetles.
Kids should be encouraged to go outside and bond with nature since it has way more benefits that playing indoors, as seen above.