We all want our children to spend more time outdoors. However when you live in a city, connecting our children to nature can be difficult.
In this series of blog posts, I hope to inspire you with some ways you can teach your children about the natural world, and give you some creative activities to do indoors or in a city garden.
Spending time outdoors in a natural environment has been proven scientifically to benefit children.
Since the release of the book Last Child in the Woods, which brought attention to the developmental effects of nature on our children, there have been multiple studies that prove likewise.
Some of the benefits of outdoor play include:
- Supports development intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and
physically (Kellert, 2005).
- Encourages creativity: Studies show that children engage
in more creative forms of play in the green areas. (Bell and Dyment,
- Improves Concrentration: Exposure to natural settings increases
children’s ability to focus and enhances cognitive
abilities (Wells, 2000).
- Improves Academic Performance: Children who partook in outdoor
science programs had an improvement in their science results by 27% (American Institutes for Research, 2005).
- Reduces ADD symptoms (Kuo and Taylor, 2004).
- Improves eyesight (American
Academy of Ophthalmology, 2011)
- Encourages healthy eating (Bell &
- Reduces stress (Wells and
It is fantastic. Unlike most nature books, it is not just pages of facts, but it also poses lots of questions for the children to answer and gives great ideas for outdoor activities and experiments.
This is what we have been doing this March:
, that Sunflowers
and Runner Beans
are easy to grow…we’ll soon see!
seeds in the gap between the glass and the tissue. Then we added enough water the to jars to make the tissue damp, and left them on a sunny window-sill.
Began Planting Our Children’s Garden
, and left them in our cold-frame to grow.
Looking for catkins
Visited our City Parks
|Playing hide-and-seek! He’s counting…|
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Rabia S.28/03/2016 at 8:42 pm (7 years ago)
I did this kind of activities a lot with my mum. You could go for herbs in their garden. From lavander till vervain and mint (there is even something like chocolate mint-awesome smell!). Herbs can be used later for cooking or making your own teas.
Gemma29/03/2016 at 5:12 pm (7 years ago)
That sounds wonderful! I love the idea of using herbs in the children's garden. The smells will really add to the sensory experience and, like you say, they can eat them too!
StyleXplora Waseema Abdool Khader29/03/2016 at 5:45 am (7 years ago)
This is a brilliant initiative and definitely worth the read and implementing in our homes whether homeschooling or not.Jazak'Allah for sharing!
Gemma29/03/2016 at 5:12 pm (7 years ago)
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your support 🙂
Blogs by FA29/03/2016 at 12:38 pm (7 years ago)
These activities sound fun. I am looking forward to that age so I can do these with my child too.
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Gemma29/03/2016 at 5:13 pm (7 years ago)
Thank you Fatima. They were so much fun!
Lubna Karim29/03/2016 at 5:40 pm (7 years ago)
Wish i can get this environment for my kiddo here…..I really like this concept of learning through exploring…
Gemma30/04/2016 at 2:18 pm (7 years ago)
There's so much to learn in nature by just giving them the freedom and time to explore
Iman30/03/2016 at 11:23 pm (7 years ago)
We really need to get out more! Now that Nusaybah is walking, it will insha'Allah be easier to get out and about. The kids had eye tests recently and the optometrist was telling about how atleast an hour a day outside does so much good for their eyes as they train their eyes to look at things in the distance as opposed to being close to books, or screens or anything else indoors that is quite near to them.
Kai Darul31/03/2016 at 2:51 am (7 years ago)
all this blogpost i read about kids' activities makes me wanna be part of them, too. i guess, i will be doing lots of them in the future.
hina's world31/03/2016 at 5:44 am (7 years ago)
Fortunately I live in NZ. they have done everything to preserve their environment and natural beauty…so its beautiful out here and soothing for the eye. I am glad my kids will grow up in this environment
Veilbymaryam01/04/2016 at 2:22 pm (7 years ago)
I don't have kids but I don't want my kids won't be addicted to electronics, at least not at their young age ! My little sister never goes outside, always on her ipad, and even when she eats she has to be watching something …
Sainab Sharif03/04/2016 at 1:37 pm (7 years ago)
This is soo wonderful. I wanna these activities with my son too! Such a wonderful way to help them learn 🙂
Muslim Mummy03/04/2016 at 9:34 pm (7 years ago)
Some great activities. We have been getting out and about now as the weather has been improving. Also planted some sunflowers and strawberries.
Angelic Scalliwags04/04/2016 at 5:26 am (7 years ago)
I love all your photos of the great outdoors 🙂 Thank you for the vintage book recommendations – I will definitely be looking them up.
Zainab Dokrat04/04/2016 at 12:07 pm (7 years ago)
Out door play is very good for children, it broadens their horizons and it's great exercise. With the new tech generation children don't want to go outside but it should be encouraged. I think for children it's best to find what interests them outsides, some may not like the same things so forcing them they won't want to go outside. Great post 🙂
Zainab Dokrat04/04/2016 at 12:42 pm (7 years ago)
So good 🙂 It's great for children to have outdoor activities, especially in this generation where kids hardly want to go outside and are just into tech activities. Thank you for sharing 🙂
Amina Edota04/04/2016 at 1:13 pm (7 years ago)
Masha Allah. I love your rule… ''You Are Not Allowed To Walk On The Path!'' – such a great way to learn by exploring. Like sr. Rabia suggested already, I'll say try growing some herbs.
myda tahir04/04/2016 at 1:17 pm (7 years ago)
thanks Gemma, what a lovely activity, we also took the kids to park here also and let them explore themselves. Learning by fun has a deep impact on the little minds.
Umm Johar05/04/2016 at 3:11 pm (7 years ago)
Salaam! Great post. I'm really interested in the book you recommended. Im planning on buying it for my children. I think it would be a great addition to our homeschooling curriculum. JZK for sharing sister. You've given me some great ideas now that the weather is starting to get nice. Masha'Allah. May Allah continue to bless your homeschool experience. Ameen
Zebacart Book Seller14/06/2016 at 7:56 am (7 years ago)
Its really a fantastic pictures, All pictures shows how to grow a plants, In this article all the things mentioned very clearly.
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