When I was a child (not all that long ago!) my weekends were spent outdoors…all day, whatever the weather. These days, for various reasons, kids don’t spend as much time outdoors. This makes me feel sad for my girls. My happiest childhood memories were outside, I don’t want them to miss out on the joys that being outdoors brings to childhood. For this reason I try to get us outdoors as much as possible at the weekends. I try to allow them that same sense of adventure and freedom that I remember so fondly. It’s so important for little imaginations, to have nothing but nature’s playground to entertain them.
Last weekend, we decided to explore our local woods, specifically looking for great trees to climb. Children need the opportunity to learn about and assess risk, tree climbing is fantastic for this. How far can they safely push their bodies? How well can they balance? How high is safe to climb? All these things help them to become better equipped at analysing risk, an extremely important development skill.
Aside from this, crisp autumn days are just perfect for exploring the woods and climbing trees.
This really is good, old fashioned, simple fun.
Which childhood memories do you love reliving with your children?
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