With the consistent rise of technological developments coming our way, more and more families spend their recreational time watching movies, surfing the internet, or playing games on their gadgets. The importance of nature-based outdoor activities and free play for kids, as well as parents, is grossly underestimated these days. Many children today are deprived of first-hand nature adventures, which could be detrimental for their holistic development.
In his book Building for Life: Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection, Dr. Stephen R. Kellert of Yale University writes a chapter about the subject of "Nature and Childhood Development" where he states, "Play in nature, particularly during the critical period of middle childhood, appears to be an especially important time for developing the capacities for creativity, problem-solving, and emotional and intellectual development." Dr. Kellert even encouraged designers, developers, educators, political leaders and citizens to design modern environments in such a way that children would be able to live, play and learn through positive contact with nature.
Many studies have shown that having positive interactions with the natural world does wonders for improving the very core of people's physiological well-being.
If you are feeling lethargic or sluggish indoors, getting outside for a family outdoor adventure to get in touch with nature would most probably do the trick to energise you. Findings from a study conducted by a team of experts at the University of Rochester support numerous psychology studies that have linked exposure to nature with vitality and a heightened sense of well-being.
Dr. Richard Ryan, research author and psychology professor at the University of Rochester says, "Nature is fuel for the soul." He added, "research has shown that people with a greater sense of vitality don't just have more energy for things they want to do, they are also more resilient to physical illnesses." He also said that "one of the pathways to health may be to spend more time in natural settings."
Spending even a few hours outside, breathing in the fresh air and feeling the sun on our skin can make a world of difference. It could decrease stress levels, making us more prepared and efficient to face essential daily tasks.
When going on a nature adventure trip with the little ones in tow, make sure to dress them in comfortable kids' wear. Make their outdoor free play experience truly liberating by choosing breathable clothing with a relaxed fit, such as Kinde co.'s organic cotton shirts and bottoms.