Children are spending more time than ever indoors. Richard Louv, the author of the Last Child in the Woods, spoke about this cultural shift. He named it Nature Deficit Disorder. Modern children are more likely to spend time indoors because they are comforted by their electronic devices.
We will look at 5 ways to get your children to explore the world around them.
1. Go On a Nature Walk
There is so much to discover within your own neighborhood. Take a walk in your neighborhood and talk about what you are seeing.
Take note of things you see that you are curious about. We often see birds with unique features that catch our eye. It’s fun to look these animals up on Google and learn more about them. You will be amazed about the different things you find right in your backyard.
2. Read Books to Enhance Imagination
Reading books is a great way to nurture curiosity and imagination. Charlotte Mason suggested reading living books. Living books are stories that are written in a narrative fashion. Some popular options are Winnie the Pooh, Chronicles of Narnia and Peter Rabbit.
Reading stories with your children is a great way to spend quality time and enjoy learning. Children are less likely to be bored when they are able to explore with a good imagination.
3. Visit a Nature Center
Check out your local nature centers and see what they have to offer.Many offer educational opportunities for you and your children. These nature centers are usually inexpensive and provide a great resource for learning about plants, insects, and animals that are local to you.
4. Join a Hiking Group
A great way to meet like-minded moms is to join a local hiking group. Hike it Baby provides age-appropriate hiking opportunities for families. Our local Hike it Baby group is very active and hosts hiking opportunities several times a week. There is a small membership fee and they do offer a generous free trial to see if it is for you.
5. Participate in a Nature Study
Nature studies are more targeted than a nature walk. You will explore a particular subject in nature in depth. If you have no clue where to start, that is fine. Raising Little Shoots created an in-depth year-long guide to help you. Exploring Nature With Children is a must buy explores subjects month to month so that it is appropriate with the seasons.
You will find that getting out in nature is not that hard. All it takes is a little dedication and guidance. Your children will benefit from the time away from screens and more quality time with family.