According to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services kids spend more than 7 hours in front of the screen. No amount of screen-time restrictions work, especially when so much of our lives is online. Kids as well as adults resort to a quick YouTube-break to get some rest, which inevitably turns into hours in front of the screen. In the end we just feel guilty and not-at-all rested. In the world where we are constantly entertained by our phones and computers, we often need more mindfulness.
The perfect solution is some nature time. A simple walk in the park, dinner on the patio, or home garden can help us slow down and send some mindful time with nature. Moreover, nature time has many mental benefits like reducing mental fatigue, improving mood. This can help kids improve their grades since staying active in the nature reduces stress and improves concentration. It’s also a great way to spend so quality time with family and friends. Getting kids to spend some time outdoor is also a great way to foster independence and curiosity.
While it might be easier to mindlessly scroll on social media, connecting to nature can be done through different avenues. Sometimes it is enough to simply reflect on what you see outside your window. To encourage mindful and creative interaction with nature, you should check out the workbook below. It holds simple but interesting activities that inspire youth to include nature into their daily life.
Are you ready to start you outdoors adventure? Check out the workbook here.
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- 7-12 year olds