November 19, 2015

At Watagan Park, we encourage the younger generations to live curiously, explore and be surrounded by nature as much as possible. The Children Nature Network shares about natures hidden lessons and the science behind the health benefits of getting the kids to play outside.

Exercise

When outside; the kids are likely to connect with their natural sense of adventure and exploration, resulting in activities like running and climbing. In a recent Canadian study, it says that 11-13 year olds were more physically active in areas that had more tree-filled spaces.

Anxiety reduction
It was reported that in Maryland and Colorado; that children who played in green schoolyards generally stress less, increasing their ability to support themselves and others in a social context.

Focus
It makes sense that the phrase, ‘a walk in the park’ was coined in association to clarity and ease when a study in Illinois says that kids that took a 20 minute walk around in the park, happened to also have a significantly longer attention span.

Intelligence
Performance on cognitive testing was much more successful after children began to have ‘green time’ in Barcelonan schools.

Community
A strong sense of ‘place’ and belonging to a community are understood to be values of Canadian children and teenagers that live in greener environments. It is believed that being amongst such a welcoming environment, it is only natural to be more engaged with your surroundings.

Family
Many of you would be familiar with the concept of a camping weekend with the family. There’s something about simply being in the company of nature and each other, and there is a survey of 60 American families that can agree with this.

Environment
Again, being outside causes one to feel the association and connection with nature and what it can offer us. Environmental stewardship is a known result of children growing up with sufficient exposure to natural landscapes.

For an in depth look at any of the mentioned statistics and to have a look at the book behind this research by Dr Lawrence Rosen, click here.

 

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