Getting children outside is a key part of daily rhythm. In a few of the previous posts, I mentioned that I bank on a extraordinary amount of outside time for small children under the age of 7. Young children need these sensory experiences of being in their bodies, pushing, pulling, tugging, lugging, digging, moving, rolling in order to establish their lower 12 senses in the proper foundation for later academic experiences.
Since pictures are worth a thousand words, here are a few of my children on a Playdate with Nature: (many thanks to my friend Samantha Fogg for taking these pictures!):
Here is a very, very popular post regarding connecting your child to nature:
Check it out if it has been awhile since you read it; it may spark some ideas anew.
We can start in infancy with our babies by letting them nap outside and getting them outside every day. Nokken in Denmark has a good model for this, see more here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/08/31/nokken-a-review-of-two-books-and-a-few-thoughts/
Toddlers and preschool-aged children need time outside every day with sand, water, mud, grass and sticks to just play and be in nature.
Here are my two favorite resources for children Kindergarten aged (age 5 through older) regarding nature exercises to heighten the senses:
and this resource by Donna Simmons of Christopherus Homeschool:
These two books will give you lots of fodder for nature. If this post sparks questions in your head regarding the Waldorf approach to Science, I am a Science person and have written about this topic numerous times on this blog for your reading pleasure.
Many blessings, and get your children outside!