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Research indicates that children who play outside are healthier, less stressed, more creative and better achievers than those who spend a lot of time indoors. Encourage your children to explore, discover and play in nature in their own way.

The more time you spend and interest you show in the outdoors, the more your child will, too! Time outside can be as simple as sitting quietly by a pond to listen to all of the sounds, catching insects with a net or jar, or making a leaf collection to see how many kinds of trees are in your backyard.

Activity Ideas:

25 Nature Activities for Kids from

Suggested Reading for Parents:

Sharing Nature with Children: The Classic Parents’ & Teachers’ Nature Awareness Guidebook, by Joseph Cornell, 1998.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv, 2005.

Go for a hike and take one of these books to read with your child under a shade tree.

Next Time You See a Pill Bug, by Emily R Morgan, 2013.

Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here?, by Lindsay Barret George, 1996.

Do Bees Sneeze? And Other Questions Kids Ask About Insects, by James K Wangberg, 1997.