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Benefits of Nature for Children

Benefits of Nature for Children






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    Benefits of Nature for Children Benefits of Nature for Children Presentation Transcript

    • Mud Pies, Forts and Tree Houses Why Our Children Need Nature
    • Our Children Suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder• Decrease in time spent in unstructured play outside• Decline in visits to national parks• Less time spent in recess or outdoor education activities
    • Excerpts taken from “Interaction with Nature during the Middle Years: Its Importance in Childrens Development & Natures Future” By Randy Whitehttp://www.whitehutchinson.com/children/articles/nature.html
    • Children who play regularly in natural environments show more advanced motor fitness, including coordination, balance and agility, and they are sick less often (Grahn, et al. 1997, Fjortoft 2001).
    • Natural environments stimulate social interaction between children (Moore 1986, Bixler, Floyd & Hammutt 2002).
    • When children play in natural environments, their play is more diverse, withimaginative and creative play that fosters language and collaborative skills (Moore & Wong 1997, Taylor, et al. 1998, Fjortoft 2000).
    • Children with views of and contact with nature score higher on tests of concentration and self-discipline. The greener the view, the better the scores (Wells 2000, Taylor 2002).
    • Children with symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are better able to concentrate after contact with nature (Taylor 2001).
    • Nature helps children develop powers of observation and creativity and instills a sense of peace and being at one with the world (Crain 2001).
    • Nature buffers the impact of life stress on children and helps them deal withadversity. The greater the amount of nature exposure, the greater the benefits (Wells 2003).
    • Resources to Help Reconnect Children to Nature„ Last Child in the Woods- Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv„ National Wildlife Foundation-The Green Hour Program: www.greenhour.org„ “No Child Left Inside” movement- anchored by Chesapeake Bay Foundation at www.cbf..org„ More studies of impact of nature on children- www.childrenandnature.org