June is almost over, but it’s still Great Outdoors Month. And, in case you didn’t know, this weekend is the Great American Backyard Campout so you better get your stuff in gear.
And what better time to follow-up on my last entry, Getting The Kids Outside, with some getting-the-kids-outside tips (especially since I haven’t been able to get my son to do a second interview–but you’ll be happy to know his attitude about going outside has improved dramatically).
These tips from the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There campaign will help families get a daily dose of nature–to improve children’s physical, mental and emotional well being.
Ever try letterboxing or its high-tech counterpart, geocaching? These family-friendly activities are a great way to have fun together outdoors, get some exercise, and work on skills such as problem solving, map reading, and math.
Tip #4: Enjoy the Simple Pleasures
Sometimes the simplest outdoor activities leave the most lasting memories for kids. Remember how to skip a stone, make a daisy chain, or blow a grass whistle?
These easy games could be making your child happier, too. Research by Cornell University environmental psychologist Nancy Wells shows that children with more exposure to nature have reduced stress levels and longer attention spans.
Tip #5: Walk This Way
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Source: thedailygreen.com | June 25, 2009
by National Wildlife Federation