“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”
― George Gordon Byron
Welcome to the Child’s world
Mom, why are plants green? Why can’t I hold water in my hand? Why does the sky change color? Can I also fly like a bird some day? Who gives food to these animals? What is a shadow mamma?
Do these questions sound similar to you? Or maybe you already have your own list of questions that your little one keeps asking you 24 x 7. Sometimes we explain to them what, how & why and at times even we wonder why is the water colorless but ice is so white?
My daughter who has just turned 5 this month has a volley of questions for me every single day.She wants to know anything & everything that is happening around her. She has created her own parallel universe where there are no limitations or set rules.Her activities revolve around the things she willingly included in her world. Every morning as soon as she gets up, she rush to check on the two tiny squibs in our gallery. She has even christened them Kim & Tim. She feeds them, give them water, talk to them about her school activities, friends & at times touches them. And to my utter surprise the mother pigeon doesn’t seem to mind at all…..
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”- George Washington Carver
Nature & Child – The bond
It is said that a child learns a maximum number of words in the first five years of his/her life. Up to 90 %, their brain develops in these years. Hence, the initial years are very crucial for any kid. They start observing things around them since the day they are born. A baby reacts & learns from his/her immediate surrounding. New sounds, faces, objects & pretty much everything catches a child’s attention. This not only improves his /her social skills but also plays a major part in mental development.
We have often heard our elders & doctors suggesting to take the kids outside & let them enjoy the company of nature. My mother & mother-in-law always insisted on taking my kids to garden & let them Watch, touch & feel nature . Kid’s inquisitive mind perceives the activities very differently. They always try & reason whats going on around them & in the due process learn so much more than what is taught inside the walled classrooms.
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” ― John Lubbock
Gems From Mother Nature !!
There are many health benefits of oneness with nature especially for kids Today we have such scares opportunities to connect with nature that we have almost forgotten the benefits it has on us & our children.We have limited ourselves in four walls & made technology our best friend. We virtually live with our gadgets. No doubt they are an inevitable part of our lives, but our dependency has increased many folds.We rely heavily on information available on the internet & prefer virtual experience.But One most not forget that Nature is the biggest teacher if one learns to ask & observe.
Some brilliant reasons to make friends with Nature
1. Enhance creativity & reasoning – Nature is full of millions of hues, thousands of sounds & hundreds of shapes. When a child is allowed to explore it on his/her own they engage in numerous fun activities.Needless to say that it develops their reasoning & creativity in the due process
2. Improves Physical activities – Kids those are more active outdoor are generally tended to be more alert & are a keen observer.Initial years are important as far as their physical growth is concerned. By indulging in outdoor activities, they not only get the benefits of recreation but also many health benefits like increased stamina, enhanced growth, strong body & bones.
3. Improves communication skills & social skills – Kids learn to share & care. They get along with other pretty easily & are often a team player. They develop mutual respect & a feeling of unity in their peer group.These qualities help them in the long run.
4. Improve Nutrition – Children who interact with nature are likely to eat more natural food like vegetables, fruits & grains. It is also found that the children who had an upbringing closer to nature mostly follow healthy food habits & lifestyle
“Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth”- Walt Whitman
5. Improve life skills – Lastly & most importantly, closeness to nature supports multiple developments in the child.It supports their social, mental, physical & psychological development. Studies show that a company of nature reduce stress, improve coordination, cognitive abilities (like perceptual skills, language, processing skills etc ). It is also found that children those have access to a greener area to play are calmer, disciplined and have better self-control.
” Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you” – Monet
I am really happy to see my daughter growing up into a happy & healthy human being. She has a caring family, many amazing friends & a beautiful heart that is filled with love for all creatures around her. Her rendezvous with nature on a regular basis has brought tremendous changes in her personality & thinking. She is alert, responsive, creative, caring & forever learning !!
Nature & human have coexisted since time immoral. Our every discovery, every learning, every act is directly or indirectly stems from nature. Today, we might have confined ourselves to our little world where nature is limited to few plants in our flower beds or small garden we rush to on the weekend to get our dose of Nature. But actually nature is everywhere.It might have changed its form, but it exist. It exists in the food we eat, in the air we breathe, in everything beautiful that tantalize our senses & soothe our frayed nerves.
We must stop looking for it elsewhere rather look around , feel it, develop it around ourselves. Let our kids get dirty in the mud, let them touch the little creature they found crawling on the floor, let them do crazy little experiments on their own & ask questions.Yes, the most important of them all is to ask question & enjoy nature !!!
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Khalil Gibran