It is great to see so many people outside these days, congregating in parks, playing games and running into new friends. It is strange to come across these collections of silent people all independently staring at their phones. I presume they are playing Pokemon Go and not the start of the Zombie apocalypse.
I’m not sure that Pokemon Go is the game for me, although I have seen parents and kids playing it together so anything that gets people outside to explore and spend time together is great. It is also possible to get outside and have those adventures without catching virtual creatures. For all the time I spend on a computer and on social media, I am old school when it comes to kids, summer and screens. I would rather see my kids getting bored and then figuring out something to do with themselves. I would rather see them decide to go outside and play. I would rather find opportunities to go outside with them, whether it is a bike ride, playing at the park, building forts or lying in the grass watching clouds pass by. I don’t do this enough myself, although I am looking for more opportunities to say yes to spending time outside with my kids.
During the first two weeks of summer we haven’t had many opportunities, mostly due to very high temperatures where we live and our lack of desire to move away from a fan or air conditioner. This week and next my kids are away visiting grandparents and cousins while I am home working my day job and gradually cleaning up the debris they leave littered about the house.
Last week my seven year old had a great opportunity to spend the whole week outside at a nature camp.
Every day she explored.
She whittled for the first time
There may have been mud
She climbed trees
Some days she brought home collections of things she found in the forest.
In the whole week she didn’t catch a single Pikachu or Jigglypuff, but thanks to Nature Connections she had an amazing time discovering, learning, growing and sharing.
What opportunities do you take or make to get outside with your kids to explore nature and the world around you?
Thanks to Nature Connections and Earth Path for providing my daughter with this fantastic opportunity. While they provided us with a free week of camp all opinions expressed are my own and those of my daughter.