When the weather gets warm and the cold of winter has gone away, it’s time to get outside for fun activities. This is especially true for kids. Children need to burn off their extra energy in positive ways. One of the best activities you can get your children involved with is a nature. Here are the benefits to consider.
Find a Friend
Getting out for a nature walk provides the opportunity to meet other parents and children who are also out and about. You never know if your child might have just met their new best friend!
Guess who else your child might meet? A new animal friend. It’s likely that you’ll come across a variety of interesting creatures when walking through a grassy area or forest. Here a few friends your child may come across:
- Lady bugs
Seeing different bugs or animals allows your child to:
- Learn about them
- See where they live
- Observe what they eat
- Understand what kind of weather they like
Children need to learn to treat animals well. Seeing animals in their natural habitat helps kids to think this way naturally.
Learn About Environmentalism
You might encounter garbage or debris on a nature walk with your children. Although this isn’t something you like to see, it can become a wonderful learning experience for a child.
Talk to your child about it. Ask them how they think it might affect the natural habitat of the animals and insects they meet along the way.
Teach them to take responsibility for what they see on your walks. Show them how to pick up some of the garbage and put it into the garbage or recycling bins that most open areas and parks have available. This is an excellent opportunity to teach children how to be good global citizens.
Walk Away the Stress
It’s stressful being a parent. Don’t forget that children feel stress, too. It all depends on their age, but kids of any age will feel stress when going about their daily lives. Any type of exercise helps alleviate the stress both of you are feeling and a nature walk certainly qualifies.
Going on a hike through nature will clear your child’s mind. It will make them feel more relaxed and you might even discover that they open up and talk to you more.
Use this activity as a healthy way to help any child who may have trouble dealing with their negative emotions. If your child has recently been getting angry or yelling at other family members, take them on a nature walk. It will make a big difference.
Use your nature walks as a time to let your child open up and be a Curious George. Encourage them to ask questions. Show them how to use every sense to learn about and understand their environment. Explain to them the details about the types of plants and trees they’re looking at. This activity helps children get out of the virtual world of video games and TV apps. It allows for self discover as they learn more about the world around them.
Getting outside and going for a walk exposes your child to all the benefits of physical fitness. Simply breathing in the fresh air is good for both the mind and body. Getting a healthy amount of sunlight brings a positive exposure to Vitamin D. One of the benefits of Vitamin D is that it enhances a strong immune system.
Getting more physically active burns calories and combats the sedentary lifestyle most children live today. Your child is most likely going to want to run around when you hit open spaces or run ahead of you on the trail. Encourage this. Allow them to tire themselves out while having fun.
Of course, make sure they’re never out of your sight. Keep them close as they walk or run throughout their natural environment. Make a commitment to join them as they play. Your participation is important. It will create a stronger bond and provide them wonderful memories of their nature walks with mom and dad.
Take the time to bring your children out on nature walks. It exposes them to meeting new friends and learning about insects and animals. It walks away their stress and teaches them about the importance of taking in the world around them. Walking provides your kids with a way to become physically stronger and fit. The best part is how a nature walk strengthens family relationships.