Shop
01631

5 Ways to make wonder a part of your child’s day

 
Your child was born full of wonder. Everything seen, tasted, touched, smelled is a first time experience met with exploration. These experiences lay the foundation of brain development and learning. What gets emphasized as important in the first 5 years of life, actually shapes how the brain functions.
Your child was born full of wonder. Everything seen, tasted, touched, smelled is a first time experience met with exploration.

These experiences lay the foundation of brain development and learning. What gets emphasized as important in the first 5 years of life, actually shapes how the brain functions.
 
Connecting to nature everyday is a key environment for wonder. Even more than wonder, studies show that time outdoors supports your child in every major developmental way - intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and physically. This is reflected in better creativity and problem solving.
 
Time in nature has also been shown to reduce ADD symptoms as well as improve social relations, reduce stress, and increase well-being.

And then there’s the wonder. Nature provides the perfect space for seeing the beauty of our world. It encourages creativity, and gratitude for its stunning range of shape, colour and texture.
 
The key to getting all the benefits is to make sure you and your child get frequent and very regular doses.
 
This is fantastic news for you as a parent, because it is something that you can provide so beautifully each day. You do not need wilderness to get the benefit of nature. A tree and a patch of grass will do perfectly.
 

5 Ways to make wonder part of your child's day

Here are 5 easy ways to make wonder a part of your child’s day:

1. Plant seeds
Sunflowers are brilliant in a small garden bed. Watch, talk to and water your plants regularly.

Or how about planting some cress seeds and creating your own Egg Cress Heads!
 
2. Go bird listening
The birds will tell you stories about your world. How many stories can you hear?

3. Collect
Collet small pieces of shell, stones, flower parts and leaves are all fair game for creating art or pretend meals.

4. Just add water
Water in any outdoor environment makes play so much fun. Containers, or a small hose or sprinkler bring the idea of flow to your child.
 
5. Watch the sky
Where is the wind coming from? What shapes do you see in the clouds? Can you find the sun? The moon?

Watching the sky is a great way to keep the sense of being part of something incredibly big and beautiful. 

When you realize how simple yet powerful daily outdoor time can be for your child, you will find many 'reasons' to play in that world. And, you yourself will get the benefit of the time spent outdoors.

You see as you create space for your child to be in wonder, you get some of that magic for yourself and feel more rested and less stressed.
 

Tell your friends

Like the article you've just been reading? Click on the Refer A Friend link at the top of the page and send the details to friends who might like to read it too.
 

More Hot Topics for you to enjoy

 
Source: Written by Becky Cashman - a Mum, grateful entrepreneur and irrepressible conversation-starter. As the founder of Goodbye Sandfly, she creates simple products that inspire big conversations. Conversations about peace, power, service + generosity.
Enquire

You might also be interested in ...

The effects of W-sitting

The effects of W-sitting

We take a look at the effects of W-Sitting, why it’s not ideal and the postural and developmental issues it may cause young kids.
Benefits of asking young kids open-ended questions

Benefits of asking young kids open-ended questions

Through the use of language and open-ended questioning we as parents are able to expand our children's curiosity and ability to reason, their creativity, thinking ability and independence. Open-ended questions have no right or wrong answers, but help to broaden children’s thinking processes, to develop their speech and language skills, and to build confidence in their ability to express themselves using words.

join us

Join us on social media for all our latest news.
facebook twitter pinterestInstagram
 

sign up

Sign up and receive our latest newsletters.
First/Last Name*
Email*
Town/City*
 

contact us

mailinfo@under5s.co.nz
 
advertise with us