Freedom to Play and Explore

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Children need meaningful outdoor experiences that invite them to play, learn, and explore their place in nature.

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All young children are creative. Nature play helps nurture imagination and creativity.

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“In their play and self-directed exploration they create their own mental models of the world around them and also models of imaginary worlds. Adults whom we call geniuses are those who somehow retain and build upon that childlike capacity throughout their lives.” – Peter Gray -Independent 12 Jan 2014 (Give childhood back to children)

Albert Einstein said his schooling almost destroyed his interest in mathematics and physics, but he recovered it when he left school. He referred to his innovative work as “combinatorial play”.

He claimed that he developed his concept of relativity by imagining himself chasing a sunbeam and catching up with it, and then thinking about the consequences.

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“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir

We need to see nature play as an integral part of childhood and adulthood.

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“It is only when we integrate play, love, and work that we, as children and adults, can live happy, healthy, and productive lives.” – Dr David Elkind

Here is a FREE CALENDAR – a little reminder of the importance of nature play every day.

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Learn more about our Nature Art Program here:  Educating the Heart with Nature Art

 

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