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How to help children connect with nature without leaving home


We need nature, always; even when for some reason like a disease, we can't. We all, both children and adults, have needs for movement and play without walls, fresh air, earth, a feeling of freedom ... basic needs that, if not met, cause irritability, anger and even sadness. Therefore, following these tips you can help children connect with nature without leaving home.

According to the Journal of Forestry article by Abigail R. Kimbell, Andrea Schuhmann and Hutch Brown, children are spending less and less time in nature. As a consequence, they do not learn to love it and sedentary lifestyle increases. However, we cannot forget that contact with nature and the outdoors is essential to develop creativity and individual happiness, as well as allowing us to release and release tension.

Therefore, in a situation in which we cannot leave the house, it is easy for overwhelm and anguish to determine our behavior and our state of mind. First of all, as an adult, stay calm. You are the pillar that supports, that reinforces, that nourishes, that calms. Our children often do not know how to manage what is happening to them and simply express their discomfort, their anxiety, their uncertainty, their need for air and freedom in many ways, although not always the most pleasant for adult perception. So breathe and when this happens - fights, outbursts, more tantrums than usual, pee on the bed - give her all the love she needs in those moments.

When we can't get close to nature, it is important that he is present in our lives in a simple way and valuing the little things, now more than ever. That is why I encourage you to stay at home and incorporate some proposals that can help maintain our vitamin D, our connection with the natural world and our inner calm.

What can we do so that children maintain their connection with nature while at home? Let's look at some tips.

1. Whenever you can, go out to the balcony, garden or terrace
If you don't have it or you can't, open the curtains and let the light come in through the windows. It is important that it gives us sunlight.

2. If there is sun, take a few seconds to greet him
Close your eyes and imagine that you are taking a sunbath and that it reaches our cells, who become infinitely happy to receive those rays of sun. Let's keep our vitamin D levels high!

3. Open windows every day for a little while
It is important to give us fresh air. And take a few minutes to breathe deeply.

4. Have contact with the natural elements that are around you
If you have the possibility of having natural elements, make proposals where these are the protagonists. Touching the natural element, smelling it, transforming it, painting it… these are ways of connecting with nature.

5. Take advantage of this time to sow
If you have a balcony or terrace, you can always do it in pots outside. If not, inside, with recycled material, it is also a wonderful option. The important thing is to connect with the station where we are at that moment. Time of sowing some species, flowering of others ... It is a way of seeing the evolution of the seed and of teaching children how nature works.

It is precious to see how that seed develops with our care and our attentive gaze. You can approach her every day, sing to her, see how she is doing, pamper her and note her evolution. Soon it will be a small plant that you can transplant. It is a beautiful metaphor to talk with our sons and daughters about the importance of daily care, to be attentive, to take care of each other and to dedicate little time to feed us.

6. Nature sounds
If you have the option of listening to the chirping of the birds from our window, do it a little bit every day. If you can identify which birds or animals you see from there, great! If you can't, I suggest that every day you spend a little time traveling to the forests through the sounds of nature. There are many biophonies that bring us closer to the forests and their magical sounds.

7. Paint nature
There are boys and girls - and adults - who are passionate about painting. I suggest you paint nature where you would like to be at that moment. Countryside? Beach? Forest? Where will you travel with your imagination to enjoy pure air and nature? It can help you to put relaxing music in the background and it is usually a proposal that brings calm.

8. Play with mud or clay
Finally, for those moments of emotional explosion, let's turn to the wonderful world of clay or mud. Of course, communication first of all, but clay is an element that can help us a lot to transform emotions. Its touch evokes and allows to be. Touching clay, without a specific pretense or craftsmanship, with the intention of seeing what appears and what it transforms into; without waiting for a specific result. It is the process that matters here.

Let your imagination run wild because every boy and girl - every adult - will do what they need at that moment. If at the end you want to share, it will be a moment of family bonding. But if you don't feel like it, let us also respect that space for transformation and give each person the option to choose what they want to do with their creation. For this proposal I also recommend calm instrumental music to accompany.

In this period, more than ever, let's connect with nature!

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