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Choosing Nature Over Screens

As May arrives with its vibrant blooms and lengthening days, it presents an ideal opportunity to reconnect children with the wonders of the natural world. In this digital age, where screens often dominate young minds, fostering a love for nature in kids has become more crucial than ever. Here are a few delightful ways to immerse children in the beauty of nature. 

Exploring Wildflowers: May is a spectacular time for wildflowers, with bursts of colour popping up everywhere. Take children on a nature walk, observing different flowers, teaching them their names, and encouraging them to look closely. Bring along a field guide to identify species, or a camera to capture these memories, turning the outing into an educational adventure. 

Bird Watching: May is peak bird migration season, so equip children with binoculars and a bird guide, and head to local parks or nature reserves. Teach them about bird calls and behaviours, and challenge them to spot different species. Bird watching fosters patience and a sense of wonder in kids as they witness these feathered travellers. 

Gardening: May is prime time for gardening with children. Involve them in planting seeds or young plants in the backyard or community garden. Teach them about nurturing plants, watering and weeding. Gardening instills responsibility and a connection to the cycles of growth and seasons. 

Picnics and Outdoor Play: With warmer weather, May is perfect for outdoor picnics and play. Organize a picnic in a nearby park or forest. Encourage activities like tree climbing, hide-and-seek, or simply lying on the grass and cloud-watching. Such experiences promote unstructured outdoor play, which is essential for children’s physical and mental well-being and development. 

Nature Crafts: Gather natural materials like leaves, twigs and flowers to create crafts. Help children make flower crowns, leaf rubbings or nature collages. Crafting with natural items encourages creativity and an appreciation for the beauty of natural forms. 

Stargazing: May evenings offer clear skies for stargazing. Introduce children to constellations and planets visible this month. Use a telescope if available, or simply lie on blankets and marvel at the starlit sky. Stargazing sparks curiosity about the universe and our place in it. 

In a world filled with distractions, May invites us to slow down and savor the gifts of nature. By engaging children in these outdoor activities, we can instill in them a lifelong love for the natural world while fostering their physical, mental and emotional development. Let this May be a time of joyful exploration and discovery in nature for our children!

Ashley Satchell, owner, Featherfields


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