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A Sunrise Picnic – Don’t Wait Too Long To Watch One.

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them” – Jo Walton

The winter makes it a lot easier to watch a sunrise.  With it rising at the moment here in Sweden just before 0815, it is at quite a civil hour!  It allowed us more than enough time to wrap up warm against the freezing temperatures, grab our supplies for a breakfast picnic, and take a short hike to a little secluded cove – lovely to watch a sunrise with just us, but also on a Saturday morning we wouldn’t be waking anyone else up!

We have already seen many sunsets this winter (and they never fail to impress with their rainbow light shows), but not a sunrise together yet, or a sunrise picnic.  So, with the light just creeping into the day we did a 30 minute walk through the woods to find our secluded little cove.  The children set about playing with the ice, frost, and frozen sand, while I took charge of getting the Kelly Kettle going, and Dadda took charge of making a fire (so nice to split the chores for once and have him out with us too).  I had made apple and cinnamon porridge to eat from our food flasks, but we could have hot drinks and keep a little warmer with a fire lit.  We could also then toast marshmallows for a breakfast dessert.

We ended up staying for around 2 hours, just being together and connecting as a full family and enjoying the moment.  The children were happy playing, Dadda and I were happy chatting sitting on our rapidly freezing backsides, and the day had a really tranquil calm start to it – one of the best things in a hectic and loud large family life.  I have to say it was totally worth packing up the night before, wrapping up warm, and a mini hike through the dark woods to do it, and I thoroughly recommend this to anyone.  This is the second year running we have to done this, and I hope to do it for many more years.  We did it last year and it was lovely, but about 10 degrees colder!!

I have written a lot in the past about the benefits of getting getting outdoorsnature therapy, and nature play and you can click the links and have a read.  However, there are benefits to specifically watching a sunrise.

9 Benefits to Watching the Sunrise:

  1. It is a calm and peaceful way to start the day together.  It makes for generally happier moods all round and a better day.
  2. It is connection time together.
  3. It is physically good for our bodies providing melanin and vitamin D (especially good in the winter with the shorter days).
  4. We stop for a minute and intentionally notice the beauty surrounding us and appreciate it.
  5. We become more aware of our environment and surroundings.  It instils a sense of wanting to nurture it, and for our little people helps them foster a love of it.
  6. It teaches us and our children to live in the moment and enjoy the simple things in life.
  7. Certainly for my three it instilled a sense of adventure and awe.
  8. For everyone it provides memories that will be cherished.

This is a really easy mini adventure that I think all children should experience every so often as part of their immersion in nature.  So do you think you would do it?  With or without a picnic, set out to watch a sunrise one morning this winter?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Children’s Winter Outdoor Clothing – From Tiny Trolls Of Norway.

We received a very exciting parcel in the post from Tiny Trolls of Norway.  They had very kindly kitted out my double trouble for the Swedish winter with a whole winter outdoor wardrobe, and popped a few surprises in there for my little lady (their sizing only goes up to 8 years, and she’s a very tall 9 year old).  Tiny Trolls of Norway is a high quality children’s outdoor clothing company for ages 1-8 years.  The main aim of the business is to motivate and encourage families and their children out into the great outdoors. So, you can see similarities between my blog ethos and their’s already! Their motto is “There is no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing”, and by making such high quality winter outdoor clothing for children, they are ensuring that children can play outdoors whatever the winter weather throws at them!  So what had they sent us?

Tiny Trolls Winter Outdoor Clothing:

  1. Trollungen Winter Jacket:  They had kindly sent us this in 2 different colours as I like my boys to be able to tell at a glance whose coat is whose, if possible.  This jacket is waterproof to 10000mm!!  That is a serious substantial amount, meaning they can play outdoors in the snow or winter rain for hours with no discomfort.  It is 3000G breathable, and is also windproof.  It is lined with the softest cosiest fleece ever. It has reflective detailing on the outside (very important in the long dark winters so the traffic can see the children), and the hood is detachable.  
  2. Trollungen Winter Pants:  These are made to the same high spec as the jackets.  They are 10000mm waterproof, 3000G breathable, and also windproof.  They are warm and padded, but so the child can still play and move, they have an adjustable waist and over the shoulder straps, there is a snug elasticated fit for the boot area, with a popper to undo to make it easier to get on and off, and there are stirrup straps to pop under boots, to prevent trousers riding up and letting the elements in.  These also have some reflective detailing too.
  3. Tommel-Liten Winter Mittens:  These gloves are again 10000mm waterproof, 3000G breathable, and windproof too.  They are lined with the same softest, cosiest lining as the coats, and have large cuffs so they fit well either over the top of jackets, or underneath (which would prevent that unpleasant cold snow up the coat arm sensation).  
  4. Lykketroll Winter Hat:  These are so soft and warm 🙂  The outside of the hat is knitted, but on the inside it is lined with the softest fleece…plus they are very cute!  
  5. Lurvehette Neckwarmer:  As well as a hat for our little lady, they popped a neck warmer in as well for her.  These are so useful in the winter as you can pull them up high over your face as protection against the elements and more often than not the freezing biting wind.  They are very comfortable and soft.  The boys and I live in our neck warmers in autumn, winter, and spring, and I have a feeling she will do too now!

So, these beautiful clothes needed to be put through their paces, so off we headed into Swedish nature for our Friday afternoon weekly adventure.  I feel we certainly put the clothing through their paces as we spent three solid hours in driving rain with the children climbing trees, scrambling rocks, and crawling through very wet mud. So how did we get on?

Pros of Tiny Trolls Winter Outdoor Clothing:

  1. They certainly have not overstated the protection this clothing gives the child from the weather.  It was nothing short of fantastic.  The rain was just repelled by these garments and not soaked into the fabric at all.  The twins were so cosy too, they only had base layers underneath.  It was driving cold rain (only a degree or 2 too warm for snow) and blustery icy winds.
  2. The gloves are so easy for them to put on….a huge plus in mine and their eyes (twin 2 gets frustrated very fast with clothing that isn’t easy to manage).  Plus they too repelled the wet so well.  Often their gloves are soaked through by the end of a trip out as they are almost constantly touching wet objects…sticks, rocks, trees, sea water….but we might finally have found a pair that can go the distance (we haven’t before).
  3. We love the colours (not such a practical point!)
  4. They have such lovely detailing with the very cute Tiny Trolls embossing, as well as the reflective strips, and leather markings.
  5. They are very very warm, soft, and cosy.  
  6. The clothes are very cute and look good too.
  7. They are very robust and made to last.  My trio were climbing trees, scrambling on rocks and there was not a mark on the clothing.
  8. They dried fast from the rain and all the dirt seemed to just brush off, so they weren’t filthy after they dried.
  9. The hats were very comfy too.  I get frequent complaining about hats being “scratchy” so this is good, especially as they wear them for 6 months of the year.
  10. Our little lady found the neck warmer so cosy and she spent most of the afternoon tucked into it hiding from the weather.

Cons Of Tiny Trolls Winter Outdoor Clothing:

I have scrambled around to find some cons, but it wouldn’t be a balanced review if I didn’t 🙂

  1. It’s 2 pieces…..this is fine for 1 of them, but twin 2 will take any excuse to venture out without the bottom half on, so I am going to have to make sure that the staff are on their toes at school!  The all in one from Tiny Trolls don’t come large enough for my mini men.
  2. The trousers only come in the one colour….this won’t be an issue for everyone, but it’s nice for my twins to know whose is what at a glance.  Boys clothing is often so limited anyway that they do have lots that are the same, it’s just handy when it is different.  

Tiny Trolls clothing is fantastic and there really is “no bad weather” when you are wearing it 🙂

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*We were sent the clothing from Tiny Trolls of Norway for free, to put through their paces and test, in exchange for writing the review.  All opinions are honest and my own*

 

Our Winter Bucket List – Embrace Winter!!

At the start of the autumn, we wrote our first ever seasonal bucket list (Our Autumn Bucket List), and it’s been great for ideas and inspiration to enjoy the autumn together.  So now we have put together our winter bucket list.  Each one of us did our own lists in our nature journals, and then we merged them together in one giant list….so what have we put on there?

Our Winter Bucket List:

  1. Have a home made nutella hot chocolate with whippy cream and marshmallows.
  2. Make a snowman…
  3. And knock it down again.
  4. Make a big pile of snow and jump in it.
  5. Make a warm apple pie.
  6. Decorate our (children) bedrooms for Christmas.
  7. Make a snow den.
  8. Put up the Christmas decorations.
  9. Clean the garden with snow (??? that one came from twin 2!).
  10. Make a gingerbread house.
  11. Make a Christmas candle holder.
  12. Go sledging.
  13. Make a snow bear.
  14. Make a snow mouse.
  15. Make a huge snowball and climb on top of it.
  16. Make a snow tunnel.
  17. Throw snowballs.
  18. Make a snow castle.
  19. Make an ice house.
  20. Go ice skating.
  21. Watch The Polar Express movie.
  22. Drink mulled wine (me!!!).
  23. Go for a walk to look at all the outdoor lights.
  24. Listen to Christmas music. 
  25. Buy candy canes.
  26. Make ginger biscuits.
  27. Read Christmas stories by the fire.
  28. Have an advent calendar.
  29. Go to a Christmas market.
  30. Craft with glitter.
  31. Have a sunrise picnic (the time is more sociable now as it rises after 8am and continues to get later!!!).

As you can see, a lot of the list depends on the fluffy white stuff making an appearance, so we are crossing everything that is does now!  What would be on your Winter bucket list?  Let me know in the comments below and maybe we’ll be adding more to our list 🙂

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Isbjörn of Sweden Husky Base Layer – “Equipping the Adventurer of Tomorrow”.

Our little lady is very lucky to have been sent a set of Isbjörn of Sweden’s Husky base layer.  So who are Isbjörn of Sweden and what is the Husky base layer?  Isbjörn of Sweden design technical outdoor wear for babies, kids, and juniors, and they have a very clear vision:

“We aim to equip the adventurer of tomorrow.  We aim to make the best possible outdoor wear ever for ones who need it most, our kids.  And to do so with the environment in mind.  All the way!”

Isbjörn of Sweden is very much on the same wavelength as me, believing that children should be allowed to explore and play in the great outdoors, but they also see that children need equipment of as good quality as the grown ups do, and their aim is to do the “best possible outdoor wear ever”.  However, there is another key point to this company, they aim to have sustainability and consideration of the environment.  They aim to produce clothing with a long life (that can be handed down many times) to prevent over production and further impact on the environment, and they also use recycled materials wherever possible.  With three little adventurers in our home, we felt we sounded perfect to give these a run for their money.  With the plummeting autumn Swedish temperatures and our outdoor lifestyle, the concept of this base layer would fit into our little lady’s life very well.  We could put them through their paces in our normal everyday life.

So what exactly had our little lady been sent to try out?

Isbjörn of Sweden Husky Base Layer:

The Husky base layer consists of a pair of long johns and a top.  Our little lady had chosen the colour “ice”.  These are made from 50% merino wool, and 50% polyester.  They are made to offer “the perfect balance of durability, function, and softness”.  The design is clever as well as practical with the “teeth” like images on the waist band representing both peaks (for a mountainous outdoor adventure symbol), and resembling polar bear teeth (Isbjörn is the Swedish word for polar bear).

So how did we get on?  We were off on a late afternoon adventure that day, and so decided to put them straight into action to give them a test run.  Our little lady started off with them as her base layer, and then once she’d climbed a tree or two, stripped down to them as her top, before reapplying layers as the sun went down.  It was all she was wearing under her winter coat and trousers and the temperature was hovering around 0 degrees Celsius that afternoon.

Pros of the Husky Base Layer:

  1. They are extremely soft and comfortable to wear.  Children won’t even entertain putting something on again if they haven’t found it comfortable the last time, so this is a huge plus.
  2. They are quite thin but keep you toasty warm without further bulking the child out (when they are already wearing quite bulky top layers!).  This is really important in allowing a child manoeuvrability so they can still play, climb, and generally behave as a child does.
  3. The material wicks sweat away from the skin.  Once we start hauling our sledges up and down slopes and generating a lot of sweat from our hard work, this element will come into its own.
  4. There are no irritating size or washing labels….believe you me, this is very important in a child’s life!
  5. They are very good under outdoor clothing, but they are lovely enough to wear on their own too.  Our little lady has worn both the top and bottoms teamed with a short skirt to school, she loves them that much, and you can also chill out in them around the house after your outdoor adventures.
  6. This next point should appeal to all the mothers out there….they are made to last, and to be handed down 2 or 3 times (with three children in the house I try and salvage as much as I can to hand down!).
  7. The size I requested for her was spot on in fitting her.

We found these garments really without fault for the short time our little lady has been using them, but to give a balanced review I needed to find a con, so I dug deep!

Cons of the Husky Base Layer:

There was only one really.  If I had been buying a set of three, as that is how many children I have, I would have found them to be stretching my budget.  However, I have to say the price reflects their quality and durability.

In conclusion I have say Isbjörn of Sweden have certainly fulfilled their own criteria of allowing a child to play freely without constraint with these clothes.  They also declare (very correctly) that children are “multi sporters by nature” so their clothing needs to be very adaptable, and there are certainly many situations children can wear these versatile garments in.

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Enjoying the Outdoors In Sweden – Get Out There!

Sweden is a truly beautiful country, and exploring the outdoors in Sweden is made so easy for people, yet it remains unspoilt, wild, and rugged.  One of the main reasons we moved here, was to be part of the way Swede’s experience their outdoors and nature, even through their daily routine.  Throughout my blog I am passionate about the need for outdoors and nature, it being important for so many reasons, for both us humans and nature.  You can read about this in the following places:

http://mammasschool.co.uk/outdoor-adventures/nature-therapy-seeking-calm-solitude/

http://mammasschool.co.uk/parenting/outdoor-play-children-natures-sanity/

http://mammasschool.co.uk/parenting/healing-nature-relying-beach-work-magic/

Here in Sweden, access is so easy that there are really no excuses not to be out there exploring and enjoying the great Swedish outdoors.  There are many ways outdoor exploring is made easy for everyone to do:

Allemansrätten

Here in Sweden, there is this fantastic ideal called “allemansrätten”. This is the right of public access to roam freely almost anywhere in the countryside.  However, there are a few responsibilities that come with this; you take care of nature and wildlife, respect landowners and others enjoying the countryside, respect the land and leave no trace that you have been there, don’t disturb and don’t destroy.  It is a very rare concept, allowing you to enjoy the Swedish outdoors in its full glory.  We have taken advantage of this through lots of hiking, and even taking the children for a wild camping experience.

 

Good Trails and Facilities

When we first moved here, I picked up this fantastic guide from our local tourist office.  It was completely free as well!  What I wasn’t anticipating was it to be crammed full of hiking routes.  Inside are around 50 detailed walking areas, showing trails, toilets (of the non flushing variety), fire pits to cook on, and lots of other good information.  It has been a bible for us when we’ve been exploring our local area and getting to know it.  Generally when you arrive at your destination’s car park, you have also got a map of the area, showing the same facilities.  This has been invaluable to helping us explore with young children. The provision of cooking areas in nature encourages you to be able to enjoy the outdoors even more and learn new skills, whilst enabling you do it responsibly….fire pits and toilets are helping to protect the environment from our impact.  We have enjoyed using the cooking areas a lot. The children are learning basic bush craft skills now, and how to use those skills responsibly too.  At least once a week they are cooked for on an open fire in the great outdoors in Sweden, whether it is sun, rain, or snow, and they love it….maybe less so when the food is a little (OK, sometimes, a lot) blackened!

 

Part of Daily Life

Being outdoors in Sweden is part of daily life here.  Which is good for us as we need the outdoors too.  My three children are often found in the woods next to the school with their class, doing their learning in nature.  Fritids (the after school care) takes them off into the woods, or to play parks, or even sledging in the winter.  I am often on the receiving end of a strop when I go to collect them (the twins go one at a time every other day to learn more Swedish) because they do not want to come home!  There is a steady stream of people power-walking, running, or cycling, past our house all day, every day.  The outdoors is a very important part of living in Sweden….and weather is no excuse either.  Just make sure you are wearing the right clothing, or provide the right clothing for your children at school (and lots of it…they will get wet and dirty!).

9 Ways To Enjoy The Great Swedish Outdoors

  1. Grill on the beach with friends on a summer’s day out
  2. Hike – use one of the many hiking trails around
  3. Use archipelago boats to explore an archipelago in the summer months
  4. Grill at the sledging slope with friends on a winter’s day out
  5. Take your bikes out for a long bike ride
  6. Have a sunrise or sunset picnic…we do this a lot 🙂
  7. Go wild berry picking in the woods – they are delicious!
  8. Try “wild” camping
  9. Try mushroom foraging – but make sure you know what is safe and what isn’t!

Our Instagram tells the story of our adventures in pictures, so if you like looking at photos of beautiful Sweden, head over and take a look.  Finally I want to leave you with one last thought that you need to remember when you are enjoying the outdoors; “take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints” – Chief Seattle

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I have had a similar article published by the Newbieguide.se and it can be found by clicking on the following link http://www.thenewbieguide.se/great-swedish-outdoors-get-exploring/    🙂

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Friluftsbyxor By RevolutionRace – Take An Adventure

I have been very lucky to have been sent a pair of RevolutionRace women’s Friluftsbyxor GPx pants.  So who are RevolutionRace and what are Friluftsbyxor?  RevolutionRace design urban outdoor clothing for ladies and men.  It is a Swedish company.  Their goal is to produce clothing that fits well, and can survive adventures in the wilderness (there is a lot of that here!), as well as be suitable for travelling around in the towns.  They “use durable lightweight materials in our outdoor garments to withstand all weather conditions.  The more you wear them, the better they get”.  Well that sounded like a little challenge to me, to put them through their paces 🙂  Frilufts translates from Swedish as “free air”, but means “outdoors”.  And friluftsliv here (outdoor activities) is a very important concept.  It means getting out into nature and connecting with it, and enjoying the great outdoors….we do this in our “fritid”….free time.  So, you can see how the concept of these friluftsbyxor fit into our lifestyle extremely well already.  I could put them through their paces in our normal everyday life.

What Are Friluftsbyxor GPx?

These are defined by RevolutionRace as a multi functional hybrid stretch trouser (the black parts of this pair are stretchy).  They are reinforced in places for extra protection and life (knees, backside, and lower legs).  They are made to be suitable for a broad range of outdoor activities, and the reinforced parts are also wind and water resistant.  The stretchy parts add both a further level of comfort and manoeuvrability, as well as some ventilation.

I decided there was no time like the present (she thought having just opened the packet!), quickly changed, and put them on for our adventure for that afternoon.  This involved climbing trees, hiking a little, and making a fire pit supper.  So how did I get on?

Pros of the Friluftsbyxor GPx Pants:

  1. They fitted so well!!  I have a huge issue with trousers (my behind is on the larger side, compared to a very tiny waist, so usually to be able to pull trousers up, I have to have a baggy saggy waist on them).  These trousers have the simple concept of a substantial elasticated rear part to the waist. So for people like me they fit everywhere…..well nearly, but you’ll find out about that further along.
  2. The colours are so funky.  A lot of outdoor clothing can be dull and dreary looking, but these come in a selection of colours that are guaranteed to brighten up your day, and leave you feeling fantastic, although you’ve dressed to spend the day in the freezing muddy Swedish wilderness 🙂  The men’s colour selection is just as great too.
  3. They were so comfortable to wear.  I was climbing in and out of a large tree, running over rough terrain after the children, and getting up and down lighting a fire and cooking on it.  I could move so freely in them.  The damp parts from kneeling on the ground also dried quite fast, and the biting Swedish winter sea breeze wasn’t allowed to turn my legs to ice blocks, despite not wearing my usual over trousers.
  4. There are lots of pockets…I love this.  Once we are out in the great outdoors doing something like lighting a fire and cooking, we seem to always need everything all of the time.  I was shovelling things into the pockets as I was using them for quick easy access at a later moment.  They were very handy and practical pockets.
  5. The adjustable Velcro, teamed up with the elastic around the ankles, made for a cosy snug fit over the boots I was wearing.  This was good as then they didn’t ride up exposing skin to the elements.  I can also see this being fantastic in the other three seasons as a tick defence mechanism!
  6. I wasn’t worried that the trousers wouldn’t be able to cope with all the scrabbling around as they have reinforced stitching.

Whilst I was happy they performed well in those dryer, if not a little damp conditions, I also know I can wax or treat them (as stated by the company), for a higher level of protection from the elements.

Cons of the Friluftsbyxor GPx Pants:

It wouldn’t be a balanced review if I left out any bad points, however, I did struggle to find any!

  1. The length was too long for me….however, at 158cm this is a very common problem for me, and was offset by the adjustable ankles.  I could tighten them up around my boots and my trousers weren’t trailing like they usually do.
  2. They do fade….now this is actually part of the garments marketing, but I know some people may not like that.  The garment is made to fade with washing for a “perfect authentic worn look”.

I would definitely recommend these trousers as part of your outdoor lifestyle.  They are so versatile, comfortable, and hard wearing.  I know a Dadda who is coveting them……but maybe in the male version and not purple camo!!!!  Do you think these would compliment your outdoor lifestyle?  Comment below and let me know your thoughts, and don’t forget to share to let others know!

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*We were sent the clothing from RevolutionRace for free, to put through their paces and test, in exchange for writing the review.  All opinions are honest and my own*

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Campfire Toffee Apples – A Bonfire Treat

We do not have Bonfire Night over here in Sweden, but that didn’t stop us getting into the spirit of things making these scrummy campfire toffee apples!  They were a huge hit with my trio and I couldn’t resist either.  All my recipes can be prepared at the campfire, but we are now hitting minus temperatures outdoors, so I’m doing the prep at home to make life a little easier on the cold fingers!

Ingredients:

An apple per person

Soft toffees (ours were coated in chocolate too for an extra treat)

Cinnamon

Tin foil (for the fire)

 

Method:

With a corer, remove the core from the centre of each apple.

Then slice the apple in half.  This leaves each half with a lovely trench in the middle.

Place your toffees into the trench.

Sprinkle some cinnamon over each half.

Put the 2 halves of the toffee apples back together again, and wrap in tin foil.

Now you are ready to cook your toffee apples.  Place them onto the fire for 10-15 mins.  Once the apples are lovely and soft/squishy to touch, they are ready.  Tuck in and enjoy your campfire toffee apples.

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15 Reasons Why Nature Play is Good For Children

Nature play is the best way of helping our children to develop well physically, emotionally, and socially.  It’s got all bases covered!  I’ve come up with a few reasons as to why nature play is good for our children, and I hope by the end, you’ll be be grabbing your wellies and heading out into the great outdoors together 🙂

1. Nature has a very calming quality.  It is known to decrease stress, and increase happiness.  It is food for our minds.  This is because it doesn’t place any demands on us, but it is still engaging.  It is a must for our mental health and well being.

2. The natural exposure to light increases our vitamin D levels, which in turn improves our health.  It’s vitally important here in Sweden, in winter, that play outdoors in nature continues as the light times of the day are so short!  This means, at school, they are outdoors in almost any weather 🙂

3.  Nature play is full of “loose parts”.  These are things the children can play with that have no predetermined role.  This allows children’s imaginations and creativity to be used and called upon.  They can build, role play, make art, or use things as writing tools.  There are no predefined limits.  They also don’t become bored so fast, as with toys that have a predetermined role.

4.  Children’s strength and muscle tone are improved as they lift, shift, climb, and move about in nature.

5.  Nature play allows children to get dirty and “hands on” with nature.  Research has shown that this exposure to dirt helps increase their immunity (there is more to come on this in a future blog post).

6.  They are allowed to explore and investigate the environment, which leads to stimulation, awareness, and independence.

7.  Playing outdoors in nature increases the physical effort used, therefore promoting a healthier way of living and physically fitter children.

8.  They will use a wide range of skills, utilising both large and small motor skills – good for development again.

9.  Immersing the children in nature in such a positive way, helps nuture a love of nature.

10.  Being in nature so much, and developing a bond with it is also good for nature.  They will grow up wanting to protect it, respect it, and nurture it more having been immersed in it.  This in turn will help to conserve it more.

11.  Being outdoors in nature helps teach the children to enjoy the simple things in life, and to live in the present moment.  It does this whilst also instilling a sense of awe and adventure.

12.  Nature play naturally lends itself to more risk taking due to the environment the children are in.  We are in danger of raising a risk averse generation, and this will have further consequences when they are older.  By taking risks, they are learning to manage and control risks, and learn about risk management.  Otherwise they will not take risks and then will be unable to manage risks, or control them.  Their development suffers when they are not allowed to take risks as children need it, crave it, and are natural risk takers.

13.  Playing outdoors in nature increases communication skills and negotiating skills.  They are able to work together better, enhancing these skills which are another important part of their development.

14.  This environment also helps their problem solving skills more, due to the diversity of obstacles and options.

15.  Nature play is much healthier for our children, making them happier, which in turn, naturally leads to happier parents too 🙂

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