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5 Creative Ways to Connect Our Kids (And Yourself) to Nature

5 Creative Ways to Connect Our Kids (And Yourself) to Nature

This is a guest post from Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle: Reconnecting to Life in a Virtual World and Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder . A recent study found that preschool children aren't getting enough time outdoors . Almost 50 percent of 3-to 5-year-olds studied weren't taken outside everyday. There are many factors that contribute to these sad findings, but parents and educators can, and should, find ways to incorporate play time in a child's life. Below are five simple steps to help connect your family to nature and community. 1. Just do it – and think simple. If we want our children or grandchildren to experience nature, we’ll need to be more proactive than parents of past generations. For small children (or older ones, too), start in the back yard. Encourage them to build forts, dig a hole, or plant a garden. A ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/5-creative-ways-connect...

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