When you think back on your childhood, what do you remember the most? What are your favorite memories? I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that most of us would say swimming at the local swimming pool, riding bikes with friends, playing baseball in the park, running around the neighborhood, jumping on the trampoline, exploring in the forest, camping as a family, or something along those lines. I have so many great memories of riding bikes or running around our little town with two of my best friends. We would race little homemade boats in the ditches by our houses or climb the trees in our yards, play in the dirt piles from the house projects that never seemed to end, and whiz around on the merry-go-round at the park.
I strongly believe that outdoor play is not only good, but is absolutely essential for our children as they grow and develop into healthy, happy adults. The need for unrestrained, natural play outdoors has never been greater with so many of our young children situated in front of a screen for hours upon hours every day. What nature provides is so important for their physical and their cognitive growth. I hope we can all share ideas of how to help our next generation get outside. Follow along with me and–who knows?–maybe we can change the world!
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