Activities in Nature for Kids

We all accept that kids should be connected to nature and then we have certain rough ideas on what activities they can do in the wild. But when you are actually out with your kid in the wild you often find yourself short of ideas. Is that you? Than here is a list of suggestion which will never allow you to fall short of ideas.

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  • Climb a tree
  • Roll down a really big hill
  • Camp out in the wild
  • Build a den
  • Skim a stone
  • Run around in the rain
  • Fly a kite
  • Catch a fish with a net
  • Eat an apple straight from a tree
  • Play conkers
  • Throw some snow
  • Hunt for treasure on the beach
  • Make a mud pie
  • Dam a stream
  • Go sledging
  • Bury someone in the sand
  • Set up a snail race
  • Balance on a fallen tree
  • Swing on a rope swing
  • Make a mud slide
  • Eat blackberries growing in the wild
  • Take a look inside a tree
  • Visit an island
  • Feel like you’re flying in the wind
  • Make a grass trumpet
  • Hunt for fossils and bones
  • Watch the sun wake up
  • Climb a huge hill
  • Get behind a waterfall
  • Feed a bird from your hand
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Find some frogspawn
  • Catch a butterfly in a net
  • Track wild animals
  • Discover what’s in a pond
  • Call an owl
  • Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
  • Bring up a butterfly
  • Catch a crab
  • Go on a nature walk at night
  • Plant it, grow it, eat it
  • Go wild swimming
  • Go rafting
  • Light a fire without matches
  • Find your way with a map and compass
  • Try bouldering
  • Cook on a campfire
  • Try abseiling
  • Find a geocache
  • Canoe down a river

TV time swaping with time in Wild

Parents across England, were encouraged by a campaign for a week, to swap the child TV time with a little wild time. This innovative campaign was launched by intriguing new documentary film, ‘Project Wild Thing’, which was shown at over fifty theaters across UK.

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Asking your child to be out in the wild and play instead of watching TV, is a much better way for them to grow up since it pushes them towards healthy body which can contain a healthy brain, felt the filmmaker and father David Bond.

During this campaign children went out for a camp. The kids were excited to enjoy the whole morning  discovering, and playing outside. The campers experienced attractions like the Tiger Trail, Snake Trail and Life Cycles. The entire afternoon playing games, enjoying free time to shoot hoops, and making art projects. For lunch, the campers enjoyed having a “picnic” with barbeque potato which the cooked themselves.

Project Wild Thing took around three years to complete. The documentary takes a funny and moving look at critical issues of growing age – the delicate link between children and nature.

I wanted to understand why my children’s childhood is so different from mine, commented David Bond. The reasons might be that they have being disconnected from nature in their lifestyle hopping between school and internet n TV at home. We need to make space for wild to enter their daily routine to have the sort of experiences that many of the older generation took for granted.

It is important to allow kids to discover the sights, sounds and smells of nature, in any kind of green space around the house.

Many parents are increasingly becoming concerned about the dominance of TV in their kid’s lives.

Many parents are increasingly becoming concerned about the dominance of TV in their kid’s lives.

Giving just thirty extra minutes of wild time every day for kids under twelve year old would be the equivalent of around three months of their childhood spent outdoors and this statistic is really lead the parents to think hard about changing their son’s and daughter’s lifestyle.

Play is the highest form of education

When we think of education we think of hard work, kids put up with it in order to avoid punishment or to receive rewards. School are often more akin to prisons than the playgrounds we imagine. But does it need to be this way? What is the actual different better work and play? Well when it comes down to it, it’s if you enjoy it or not. So if we could make learning play rather than work we would see lots of advantages, primary a massive increase in engagement from the child.

Their has been a big move in business to embrace something called called gamification. The concept is simple integrating the elements of games into work that make play enjoyable.

All work and all play made Steve Jobs (and others) a full boy! – Khandoker Mahmudur Rahman

This has been tried in multiple different places, from sales to management. But how can we bring this to education.

 

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Well their has been multiple computer game examples that are worth mentioning, from typing of the dead (a zombie shooter that teaches touch typing) to where in the where in the world is Carmen Sandiego (a detective game which teaches geography). But we here at kids go kids are more interested in games that get kids back out into nature. A what with the research that the mental and health benefit that kids get from spending more time in nature. We though we would look at a couple of idea for your child to have a chance to learn through play in nature.

I Spy
You would be suprised how much young children can get from I spy. It improves deductive reasoning, spelling and to get to know nature. Don’t limit yourself to the standard “something beginning with “. You can use colours, number of legs. For example I spy “Something that grows and birds live in”. Played with multiple children so they can compete really feed into the gamification.

Minefield
Minefield teaches children about trust and improves their communication skills. The aim is to guide a teammate through a set of obstacles whilst they are blindfolded. This helps with so many thing like,  communication skills and managing their anger issues.

Know any other good games? Please mention then in the comment, we would like to compile a full list and we will give citation out to anyone who suggest. Thanks.

 

 

Schools with natural habitat leads to less stress

Schools is the place where children spend about one forth of their student life. Hence contact with nature has great effect on the psyche of growing minds as has been revealed by a research done by professor Louise Chawla of CU-Boulder.
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Playing in school yards with natural habitats and trees has a positive effect on a child’s well-being and social and emotional balance. More over children who grow near natural habitat have better attention capacity. Among the children interviewed, 96 percent of those within first through fourth grades chose to play in nature even when they had the option of  going to a playground or to an athletic field. Since in the natural surrounding, the kids can freely engaged in exploratory and sensory-based activities. A little older children could cooperatively organize activities like building forts and trading found objects which they found exciting.
According to this thesis in the journal Health & Place gardening assignments in such settings also produces stress-reducing benefits for children who feel burdened by education.

Although schools offer stress management programs, in which they teach individuals on how to deal with stress. But wouldn’t it be nice if they created and environment which is stress-reducing feels Louise Chawla.

Schools offer stress management programs, in which they teach individuals on how to deal with stress. But wouldn’t it be nice if they created and environment which is stress-reducing feels Louise Chawla.

The research found that natural-terrain like dirt, scrub oak and water features in the schoolyards, foster supportive relationships and feelings of competence. Hence even artificial natural-habitat landscaping in schoolyard can have positive impacts on children.

This research consists of more than twelve hundred hours of observation. Students, teachers, parents and alumni were interviewed and their answers were coded with keywords for the research. Twenty-five percent of the students described the green area as “peaceful” or “calm” after an assignment on nature.
Among the little older teenage participants, the reaction was that of feeling connected to a natural living system; successfully caring for living things; and having time for quiet self-reflection.

For schools interested in providing natural habitats for students  creating joint-use agreements with city parks and open space can be a possible solution, as Chawla suggested.

Community activity is critical for children’s success

It is felt by the government that community activity is very critical  for the successful growth of children and hence they have been funding several initiative on this side from Torbay to Tyneside.

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Most of the helpers in this initiative are local parents who want to make sure that children around them, can play out more often. This has lead them to helping in the play grounds adventure activity to get the kids closer to nature in the local parks.

The parents seem to be very happy with such activity. One of them, Peter said, that such activity has made a huge difference in the personal relationship between him and his daughter at home as well. Another old lady from Shiremoor Adventure playground, was of opinion that it feels great to give selflessly back something to the society and this might act as a motivation to her grown up children to do such things for their children as well.

Peter said, it’s made a huge difference in the personal relationship between him and his daughter

Thousands of people are getting involved with children to teach them small unique skills from their sphere of activities like dry stone wall builders, botanists, bee keepers and gardeners to name just a few.

A child who loves nature and respects things in his surrounding can only help in making our future society a better place to live in.