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What are your kids doing this summer?
For many of us, summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors, the sunshine and, if you’re lucky, the ocean.
As much as kids love summer break, keeping them busy can be a real chore! If you’ve not got the luxury of a summer camp then it’s up to you, as a parent to find things for the youngsters to keep busy with. Coming up with outdoor activities for kids can be a lot of work but it doesn’t have to be.
If you’re not armed with a plan of action, your kids might spend all their time in front of an electronic screen. Research has shown that spending too much time in front of a screen can have a detrimental effects on the health and well-being of children.
Studies have shown that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental illness. Also, it can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, a daily walk in nature has showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.
One in four people are estimated to experience bouts of mental health and it’s on the rise. Prescription medication of antidepressants are at a record high level. The demand for more invasive treatments are also on the rise. Health and social care commissioners are examining and commissioning different options for cost effective services for mental health. One of these options is a daily walk of 90 minutes or more. We need to learn from a time in the past, when kids got excited to spend their time climbing trees and building dens rather than spending hours inside.
Joe, at Nature Rated, understands this all too well and has put together an
infographic on 15 Summer activities to help your kids appreciate nature.
Take a few minutes to really think about how you can implement these outdoor summer activities for kids.