Get Vitamin N
According to Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, a nature-deficit-disorder is growing among us.
The average child spends only a few minutes outdoors each day and four or more hours indoors with electronics.
The American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends at least 60 minutes per day of outdoor unstructured play for children.
Studies show that one hour in nature improves memory, attention span, cooperation, and creativity.
Even just fifteen minutes per day can make a big difference, says author Rebecca P. Cohen. In Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, you can find…well… 365 ideas.
You already know many. Depending on the season: Blow bubbles. Toss a ball. Watch clouds. Jump rope. Ride bikes. Have a picnic. Play I Spy, Follow the Leader, Hopscotch. Hide and Seek, Mother May I, Simon Says. Ride on sw ings. Walk a dog. Play in a sandbox. Look for birds, squirrels, bugs, butterflies. Collect leaves. Rake leaves. Make a snowman. Draw with chalk. Simply walk and talk.