Nature Play as an Everyday Joy of Childhood? For Kids, Frequency Requires Proximity

Nature Play as an Everyday Joy of Childhood? For Kids, Frequency Requires Proximity – C&NN Connect.

via Nature Play as an Everyday Joy of Childhood? For Kids, Frequency Requires Proximity – C&NN Connect.

Boys fishing off of Grandpa’s pier

Yesterday we returned from a week in northern Wisconsin at my parents’ cabin. The entire time we are there they are engaged in some sort of outdoor activity: fishing, exploring the woods, watching the ducks and loons on the lake, swimming, throwing rocks into the water, climbing trees, and keeping the campfire lit. Every evening they crash, completely exhausted from a day spent exploring outside.

Now that we’re home our tiny yard doesn’t have the pull that the wooded lakeshore has. We have a few recently planted tiny trees, and a number of flower gardens (the wildflowers are the only ones that survived our 5 day absence–we’re in the middle of a drought). My husband and I are considering what to do with the shriveled plants that weren’t able to withstand the 100 degree heat and lack of water. Our current plan is to start designing a natural playscape in our back yard–places where the kids can dig, build, and explore. In August we’ll be heading out on a 3 week road trip to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and so whatever we do with the yard it’ll have to be able to withstand three weeks of neglect. I think a playscape is the way to go–the above article has a few ideas–I’d love to hear any other suggestions you may have.

Our back yard. We haven’t had significant rain in well over a month–the green patch of lawn is from the kids’ sprinkler and kiddie pool.

The small section of yard behind our garage includes our rain barrel, compost bins, clothesline, and sandbox-turned-raised garden.

1 Comment

  1. What a great expression, “our rain barrel, compost bins, clothesline and sandbox turned raised-bed garden.” If everyone could say that. But, there are way too many people on the planet (my husband just returned from China, 27 million in Beijing alone) for that to ever happen. So, those of us who can, must do what we can for the environment. Thanks for posting!

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