By Joe Black
For many of us Summer time with the kids is a time to enjoy the outdoors. Bathe in the sunshine and if you’re lucky the ocean. As much as kids love Summer holidays, keeping them busy can be a real chore! If you haven’t got the luxury of a Summer camp then it’s up to you as aparent to find things for the youngsters to keep busy with.
Failing that, your kids might spend all their time in front of a computer, tablet, phone or other screen. Research has shown that spending too much time in front of a screen can have a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing.
A walk in the park
Studies have shown that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental ill-health. And can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress and depression. In fact, a daily walk in nature has showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.
One in four people are estimated to experience bouts of mental ill health and it’s on the rise. Prescription medication of antidepressants are also at a record high level. And the demand for more invasive treatments are also on the rise. Health and social care commissioners are examining and commissioning different options for cost effective services for mental health. One of these options is a daily walk of 90 minutes or more. We need to learn from the past, when kids got excited to spend time climbing trees and building dens rather than spending hours inside.
15 Nature inspired activities
Joe at Nature Rated understands this all too well and has put together an infographic on 15 Summer activities to help your kids appreciate nature.
From baking a blackberry pie to constructing a pond or insect hotel, there’s plenty for the youngsters to get up to. Head on over to Nature Rated for step by step instructions to get your kids out and about enjoying nature.
An outdoor enthusiast, Joe is the lead editor at Nature Rated; a website which rates and reviews the best outdoor gear for people who quickly want to know what to get. He believes in no fluff, to the point reviews, which help you choose the right gear for your next adventure.
Whenever daily life gets him down he heads to the nearest lake or river with his kayak and camera spending time recharging his batteries.