The weather has changed, and Summer is here. For many parents, it’s a time to enjoy spending with their kids. For others, it’s about keeping the kids busy!
For many parents keeping the kids busy and out of trouble is a job in itself, and there’s a danger that kids these days will spend more time indoors than what we used to do when we were young.
With the rise of the smartphone, tablets, and computers, kids are spending more and more time in front of a screen. In fact, research has shown that when kids spend too much time in front of a screen, they’re more likely to suffer from ill health, depression and mental health.
Studies have shown that taking part in activities in the outdoors can reduce stress levels, anxiety, and depression. Even a daily walk in nature can have positive effects on children’s development and social skills.
One if four people in the USA are now estimated to suffer from bouts of mental ill health and with the rise technology it’s due to increase. The use of antidepressants is also at a record high. Health practitioners are commissioning new research to try and curb this rise, and one of these options is a daily walk of 90 minutes or more.
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.
This is what it looks like:
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 his site for step by step instructions to get your kids out and about enjoying nature.
About the Author:
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.