Stage 1 : Our new fairy/gnome garden!
Master 4.5 was getting reliant on playing inside, which is okay when he is drawing but not as great for his brain development spending hours in his room playing with Woolworths cards or plastic toys.
So we have started ‘forest adventures’ to collect materials, visited Pinterest for inspiration and started reading the Snugglepot & Cuddlepie books to see what it is like to live in nature.
Our gnome house is still under construction along with other stick projects!
Have you got a kid that gets stuck indoors? Could you fathom organizing a little play garden for your children?
Can you picture that feeling when you’ve been out for a picnic, seen a bit of sun, experienced some fresh air and had your bare feet on the ground?
There is a reason it is so rejuvenating. I’ve recently learnt about your body’s real need for vitamin D from the sun (& how the second most common cause of skin cancer is sunscreen, the chemicals we slop on our kids every day); fresh, re-electrified air (…not stagnant) and the benefits of receiving ‘grounding’ from the earth, by going barefoot. Simple things but there are scientific reasons for them! And we also feel good after it too. Don’t you?
The trouble is, on some days it can be hard to achieve all of these. Especially when you are at work or too tired to get out of the house with a newborn. Give it a go when you can and take mental note of how much better you feel after a good dose of nature.
And what about promoting these benefits for your children? Do you encourage opening their windows? Do you promote fans over air conditioning? Do you let them go bare foot here and there? Do you let them have a small amount of sun exposure each day, without the need for sunscreen? Do they spend more time indoors than outdoors?
Ps the way we avoid the sunscreen issue is by using a natural one. UV Natural from health food stores.