To celebrate Earth Day, I wanted to highlight the wonderful work of my colleagues in the blogosphere. Thanks to writers like them, positive messages about children spending time in nature can be shared all over the world. Please enjoy these posts and feel free to add links to more articles in the comments below.
Also, during this celebration of our Earth please remember to:
- Be grateful for our amazing Earth.
- Be mindful of the gorgeous colors nature provides.
- Nourish yourself with healthy foods that come from our planet.
- Play outside.
- Relax with some yoga in the garden.
Please enjoy the following 5 posts by other bloggers about children and nature:
About: 365Outside is part-challenge, part-way-of-life, all-mindset. It is the idea that when we spend time outside, we are healthier, happier people. 365Outside seeks to support, educate, and motivate individuals and families everywhere to embrace outdoor play and exploration. Follow on Facebook.
Summary: This post provides six helpful ways to raise children to love nature and explore the outdoors including family traditions, instilling wonder and curiosity, and unstructured outdoor play time.
My Favorite Quote: “My kids go outside daily because they want to go outside daily. In fact, they love being outside. It is easily their happy place.”
About: The Search For Imperfection is written by Jennifer, a working mom of two and wife of one. She loves keeping busy and being creative, and realizes that it doesn’t have to perfect… the joy is in the imperfection. Follow on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Summary: This article provides tips for taking young children camping, including sleeping concerns, what gear to bring, and toys to keep children occupied and active.
My Favorite Quote: Camping with babies and kids can certainly seem daunting at first. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a tent, tent trailer, trailer, or RV. All it takes is a little planning and preparation, and knowing exactly what you need to bring versus what you need to leave home.
50+ Outdoor Activities for Kids (For All Seasons!)
About: Love and Blues is written by Leah, a 24-year-old mom and wife who lives in Utah. She writes about what it’s like to be married to a man in law enforcement, as well as simple ideas to show appreciation to your local law enforcement officers and other first responders. She also posts tips about motherhood and homemaking, and some DIY and craft projects.
Summary: She offers a wonderful list of ideas for enjoying the weather outside with your children, even if it is raining or snowing.
My Favorite Quote: I want to help my son to be able to enjoy all weather, as well, because he loves being outdoors. Literally, if we haven’t gone outside in a given day, he’s a wreck. He becomes a lot grumpier and shorter-tempered.
About: MomontheSide is written by Lisa, the mother of three year old twins, a tween, and a teen. She blogs about the adventures and mis-adventures in parenting. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Summary: This is a fun post about all the outdoor games we moms used to play as kids. Let’s introduce them to our children so that they can have as much fun outside as we did.
My Favorite Quote: Nowadays kids can’t roam the neighborhoods like we used to, but they can take advantage of all the awesome fun backyards have to offer!
About: Marlene Bumgarner, a published author, writes the blog Reflections on Grandparenting. She focuses on family life, cooking, gardening, and reflections on being a grandmother. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Summary: She explains the importance of giving children of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn about gardening.
My Favorite Quote: Understanding the relationship between the soil and our well being, really knowing how that works, can go a long way to improving the lives of families and the health of our land at the same time, and I believe that encouraging these programs is important.