Throughout history nature play has happened automatically during childhood. But today that kind of play that has been a cherished part of childhood for so many generations is endangered. Many more people live in cities and suburbs today, where access to wild spaces appropriate for children’s play often are very limited. A lot of children today spend more time indoors and are more or less disconnected from the natural world and it has a huge impact on their health, development and knowledge about nature. Frequent, unstructured childhood play in natural settings has shown to be the best influence to develop life-long conservation values.
.The world’s environmental problems are increasing and it is important to raise a future generation , who have positive views of nature and are willing to take action to protect it. But a lot of children today spend more time indoors and are more or less disconnected from the natural world and it has a huge impact on their health, development and knowledge about nature. The disconnection between children and nature is one of the most pressing and overlooked crises in our time.
To give children environmental education for sustainability at an early age, with hands-on experience in nature is more important than ever. Outdoor play promotes a relationship with the natural environment and provides an environmental knowledge and ecological understanding of the world. The future will need ecological literate adults who are able to recognize common plants, animals and interpret what they see in nature. Let children be active learners! Excerpt from” Knowledge about nature starts in nature!” A publication by Playtime Seychelles,
Playtime Seychelles has put together two publications and one story book on this subject that is free for downloading on the blog and can also be read on Calameo.
- Outdoor play needs to be restored!
- Loose Parts
- Let’s plant
- Composting with children
- Make your own compost together with the children instructions
- Build a compost bin from pallets
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In Knowledge about nature starts in nature Part 2 you find nature activities to do with children outdoors. Science, experiment, scavenger hunts, crafts, and some other stuff.
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Let’s Plant! In this storybook Jojo and Yxkull are gardening with their friends. They will teach us about plants, about what tools you need when you plant and what makes a seed grow.
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