It’s no secret that outdoor play keeps the minds of children healthy and engaged. Through the use of play equipment, kids learn how to make critical decisions, how to solve difficult problems, and how to navigate life’s social and emotional minefield. In many respects, play is a rehearsal for the future, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be scripted. ...more
If a child is thirsty, you give them something to drink. If they’re hungry, you feed them and ensure they’ve had their fill. We do these things, not only because we love our children, but because we know they’re a fundamental part of their development and paramount to keeping them healthy. We want them to grow up happy, never wanting for anything. As parents, we understand the importance of a balanced diet and the need for regular hydration. So why, when it comes to play, do we not see the outdoors in the same light? ...more
Life nowadays seems to be unavoidably sedentary. When we get up in the morning, we jump in the car and drive our children a mile down the road to school. When we ferry them back after work in the evening, we sit down in front of the TV and vegetate until bedtime. ...more
With one of the world’s biggest toy manufacturer’s recently stating that children shouldn’t engage in formal learning until at least the age of eight, should we begin to take notice? We’re of course talking about Lego’s proclamation that play-based learning for young children is far more beneficial than studying the three Rs.
It’s long been known that children who have lots of opportunities to play tend to be mentally, cognitively and socially astute. While play may appear trivial from an adult’s perspective, it is actually a staple part of childhood and without it children can struggle with problem-solving and decisions making in later life.
However, there is a definitive line between what constitutes healthy play and what doesn’t.
Ever wondered whether your toddler will grow up to be a bright, young spark? Well, scientists at the University of Warwick believe they have found a way to predict a child’s intelligence in one simple test. By placing a raisin under a cup and asking their test toddlers to refrain from eating it, they could determine the inhibitory control of each child....more
As a parent, it is understandable that you want to keep your children safe at all times. You’ve raised and cared for them since the day they were born and you’re not about to stop anytime soon. ...more
Remember when you were a kid, and you would go outside at 9AM, play at the creek, collect crawdads, dig holes, ride your bike to the furthest park in your neighborhood — without a helmet — run into your friend’s house for a quick bite for lunch, roll down a few hills, play tag, stomp through mud and make a little grave for the dead bird you found — only to return home at 5PM just in time for dinner, smelling like dirt, sunshine and creek water?Remember that? Or something like it?...more
There is a little piece of me, the usually dormant compulsively tidy piece, that gets irritated when she digs up worms in the middle of our not very stable lawn-on-a-hill, or builds forts with sticks woven through newly planted shrubs. But I bite my tongue a lot, because really? I like that she's outside communing with nature and making hosta leaf boats for ants and acting as midwife to worms. Digging in the dirt, learning to fish, planting seeds -- it's all part of keeping her connected to the earth, something that is incredibly important for lots of reasons....more