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Childlife.ca e-news #42: In Pursuit of Nature!

Mary Stuart, Director www.Childlife.ca

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. —John Burroughs

It is a wonderful time of year for being outdoors! It is exciting to see all the changes in nature: the colours, the shapes, the vibrancy…

The longer days offer plenty of opportunity to be outside more and enjoy the freedom to walk, stroll, run and play!

Research tells us that physical activity makes us feel good – especially children.

Physical activity releases endorphins, relaxes the body, opens up brain connections for learning, builds self esteem and positive attitudes!

Further, exposure to nature helps the conscious brain to rest, which in turn lowers anxiety and restocks the capacity of attention and concentration!

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. —Standing Bear

5 Fun Ways to Nurture Nature and the Outdoors!

MELLOW OUT: Rest in the shade, lie on your back and watch the clouds, what shapes do you see? Roll over on your tummy and discover the creepy crawlers and follow their path.

Discover the many shades of green. What are the tallest plants you see? The shortest, widest?

MUD N WATER: Nothing says summer fun more than mud and water outdoors! Take your shoes off and walk in water and make patterns on the pavement. Get your feet, hands and body dirty – it all washes off easily! Make some mudpies, sand castles, goopy messes with sand/dirt and water. It offers all children an incredible sensory, brain connecting and memory building experience!

PUT YOUR GROOVE ON: Outdoor Dance Parties to upbeat, funky fun, child-appropriate music

TRIKES, BIKES AND RIDING TOYS: Create obstacle courses, drive on bubble wrap, drive through paint and capture amazing art on a canvas/large mural paper

CREATIVE ARTS: Paint that old chair, bench, trellis with pinks, purples, periwinkle…. Blow dandelion seeds on to dark coloured paper brushed with glue and see the art appear!

Trace children body’s on the pavement, trace their shadows…

We are living in a world of beauty, but few of us open our eyes to see it. —Lorado Taft

NOTE: June 29 is INTERNATIONAL MUD DAY!

Happy Outdoor Days!

Mary