After re-reading some of my old blogs this weekend, I was reminded of the importance of play (unstructured play) & the importance of being outside in nature.
Both are so important for the growth and development of children.
It helped firm up my desire to make sure we gets lots of time out in nature, exploring freely and letting them use their imaginations.
Being outside allows kids to have unstructured playtime and soak in the fresh air and sunshine. The benefits of which include:
- increased concentration for schoolwork
- lessening of aggression
- increased levels of vitamin D (if the sun is out)
- allowing kids to make friends
- developing problem solving skills
- developing motor skills
- developing language skills (through play acting)
- learning to think critically
- learning self- control
In other words it's just great for kids!
Sounds like most of the skills they'll need later in life- right?!
Today was a perfect day for this.
We headed to the seashore to explore and just enjoy being outside.
We met up with my family and had a great time searching for crabs, looking for sea glass, finding shells and rocks, and climbing all over the place. We saw boats and forts and soaked up the fresh air and sunshine.
Alec made a new friend and hung around with her family for a good hour.
The boys all made a dam to hold back the water and brainstormed ways to keep the water in. They later decided they wanted to allow the water to flow through a bit to keep it clean but to keep all the sand inside so Alec thought to use seaweed as a filter.
The boys watched the cormorant catch a crab and try to eat it.
They went swimming, looking with their goggles at all the fish.
Evan and my nephew had a whole game going while climbing up and down this boulder. They settled down to have their own picnic lunch away from us and we could often hear their laughter and voices through the trees.
We saw lots of ships passing by and the boys were most impressed with the barge pushing the huge ship out to sea.
We found a horseshoe crab shell complete with barnacles, lots of clam- type shells, and what we're pretty sure is a Mockingbird. Alec recognized the bird due to the variety of calls and sounds we heard.
|See the tugboat?|
|Looking at sea snails up close; watching them move around|
|Checking out barnacles & shells up close|
|Watching the sail boats|