Green living may mean making do with less, but it doesn’t mean you should skimp on the fun. Good green fun is anything that connects children to the natural world and while most eco-friendly activities will take place outdoors, even when you’re stuck inside there are opportunities to learn and talk about the environment.
Out and about
In his book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv says nature not only provides kids with a sense of wonder and awe, but natural settings improve balance and co-ordination, boost creative thinking and can ease the symptoms of attention-deficit disorders. Some pretty compelling reasons to go outside!
The great outdoors doesn’t have to be a park or a rainforest, it can be your backyard or the scrubby bit at the end of your road. Making mud pies is loads of fun and it gets kids down on ground level, digging up worms and mixing leaves with sticks. Planting things in pots is just as fun, try cuttings from trees, seeds or seedlings, or even rocks to see if they’ll grow.
This is the third instalment in my Easy Green series over at Childhood 101. To continue reading click here.