- They can grow artistically by enjoying the beauty around them and gleaning the details of how natural things look and feel
- They can grow creatively and intellectually by having some time to be bored because they WILL invent things to do
- They can grow emotionally by accomplishing physical tasks like climbing a big hill. This produces real self-esteem because they know that even though it was hard, or it took a long time they did it; and it wasn't just mom or dad saying they did a good job for the millionth time. (Praising your kids is still important, but sometimes letting them just come to the understanding that they can do _________ is more valuable)
- They can grow physically, emotionally and maybe even socially (if they are with friends, siblings or you) by playing ball, riding bikes, climbing trees, digging in the dirt, hiking, swiming, climbing and just plain running around. Letting your kids outside to move is so good because it not only challenges their bodies, but it helps their brains to release endorphins (chemicals that help us to feel good) as well.
- They can grow intellectually by learning about plants, animals, different environments, counting, sorting, helping you plant and tend a garden, and so much more!
- One mom in our class sends her boys out in their back yard on scavengar hunts regularly to find things like a seed, a small rock, a leaf, a feather, 3 pieces of trash, and a stick. Depending on your area, you could have them find different things. The sky's the limit!
Live it up!