The environment should be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences. ~ Maria Montessori
Do you think that your children are connected to nature? Do you remember the activities from your own childhood that bring up a sense of great joy? Have your kids become sofa-bound? Would you prefer to encourage more activity in them?
Turn Off the Electronics!
It’s time to have some fun outside together with your kids! Childcare has changed previously sixty years from children clustered around their Super Mom’s ankles, talking, playing with pots and pans or interacting with their siblings within the kitchen while she cooks, to children staring quietly at some electronic device a TV, an iPod, a tablet or a computer lost in their very own worlds.
I do not advocate not using electronic devices. They have their value. But I believe we’re missing the boat if we don’t encourage our children to show them off, go outside, and indulge in old school things. These are the things that feed kidssouls!
Things Like What?
Improve their connection to nature and wildlife. A few of my happiest childhood memories involve cloud watching on my back on the lawn of my parent’s back yard, with the birds flying overhead, and my dog bouncing across me wanting to play.
Encourage your kids to spend time watching ants of their stately march, and be sure to inform them the story of the ant and the grasshopper!
Let them learn on their own, please how one can climb a tree; find out how to skim stones across a pond; tips on how to make a bow and arrow from tree branches; find out how to grow food in a garden; methods to make compost; find out how to roll down a sloping hill sideways and laugh as you once did with the dizziness of it.
Have you Super Moms ever played in the rain? Let your kids run and dance in the rain, and do it with them because the delight of your own childhood experiences will come right back to you and the bonding is eternal and joyful. Learn to make a kite from newspaper and sticks and string and rags for the bows on the tail. After which, discover ways to make it fly! In case you kids haven’t done these simple activities, you’ve got a bucket list of things to do every weekend for the next year!
Take in the future to discover a you-pick-it fruit orchard and let your kids experience the joy of eating fruit right off the tree. And then, go home with the fruit you picked and bake something together, TV off while you’re employed together. There is nothing quite as exhilarating for a toddler as dedicated time with his Super Mom when he is her only focus.
How about fishing? Have you taken your child fishing? I do know a woman who’s dad used to drive off into the mountains, find a stream where he could wash his car while she fished along side him. Joyous events build joyous memories. She talks about the sunlight dappling through the trees on those days as if it was a divine visitation. Perhaps it was.
Giving a Bit of Credit
The list of fifty Things to basically get your child off the couch came from the National Trust in the UK and we salute them. These are fabulous suggestions!
Here are some more things on their list, and i hope you become inspired to do every one of them. By the point your child is eleven, you Super Moms surely realize you don’t have much of his childhood left. He’ll be moving into young adulthood very soon, and will prefer to spend more time away from you, so why not decide to fill up what does remain with the juiciest memories you can?
Hunt for treasure at the beach
Build a fort
Make mud pies from a stream you’ve dammed up
Bury someone in the sand or better yet, get buried
Balance on a fallen log
Hike along nature trails
Swing on a rope swing out over a stream or pond
Go berry picking in the wild
Explore an island
Look inside a tree
Watch the sun come up and set on the same day
Hunt for fossils or bones
Plant a garden
Feed a bird from your hand
Stand in the wind at the sting of a hill
Make a grass trumpet
Make a crown or bracelet from clover
Catch a butterfly in a net
Take a look at tadpoles in a creek
Imitate bird whistles
Light a fireplace without matches
Go rafting down a creek
Try rock climbing
Navigate your way out of the woods with a compass
Try rope climbing
Cook over a campfire
Howl with the coyotes
Encouraging activity in children while they’re still young is so beneficial, Super Moms, and it’s wonderful for you to do these activities along with your children. It’s a time of fun, of love, of bonding, and of happy memories. You might allow them to choose which activity they’d like to do next as a reward for every week well lived. I just know you’ll love these ideas and can get out there and have some fun together with your kids.
“See the world. It is more fantastic that any dream paid for or made in factories.” – Ray Bradbury, American novelist