My children can't get enough time in a day to play outside. They love being part of the landscape. I wonder how many children still enjoy the simple pleasures of having the wind on their faces, sand and dirt running through their fingers, and grass beneath their feet. Technology can be a wonderful tool that opens up a world of resources to us, yet has it also become one of the things that separates our children from the many sensory experiences that were a part of our own upbringing? What might our children be missing in their repertoire of daily life?
Here are some of the things I noticed when my three children, ages 9,6, and 4, are turned loose to run and play outside of the confines of the four walls of our apartment:
- Climbing trees
- Running through the grass
- Skating up a hill
- Friends helping pick you up when you fall
- Lots of Motion
- Feeling a breeze on your face
- Watching the breeze sway the trees; blowing leaves everywhere
- Twirling in Circles
- Getting dizzy
- Shouts and Laughter
- Breathless wonder as you play chase and hide-n-seek
- Great friendships formed
- Creation of Games and Negotiation of Rules
- Throwing balls, Frisbees, and airplanes
- Riding bikes, skateboards, scooters
- Collecting leaves/sticks/rocks/pine cones/acorns
there will be a whole new array of sensory moments to experience. Let's not allow our children to miss out on this change of season. Get out there and have some fun.
Have a wonderful week. Hope you enjoy some playful outdoor moments with your own family. I would love to hear from you. Just drop me a line in the comments section of this blog.