Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Ways to get your Children interested in Nature

Many children today spend more time indoors than out. With smartphones, games consoles and tablets it’s not hard to see why. But over time, this can have significant effects on their health. So instead of putting your kids in front of the TV, why not get them interested in nature instead. This is not only fun and exciting, but also helps them develop an appreciation for wildlife and the environment. This is something that could help future generations live in a safer and healthier world. Here are some simple tips and tricks you can use to pique your kid's interest in nature and get them to spend more time enjoying the great outdoors.

Go Geocaching

If you’re children are not enthralled by the idea of spending time outside, geocaching could be an ideal solution. Geocaching is an outdoor activity that requires you to hunt for a particular location using a map on your phone. This activity has a real sense of adventure and can lead you through areas you’ve never visited before. Your kids will love looking for the cache and it can give them a real sense of achievement. They will also enjoy exploring the natural surroundings near to their home. You can visit the geocaching website to set up your free account today to get your nature adventure started.

Volunteer your time

Many nature parks and wildlife centres need volunteers to help them continue doing their good work for nature and the environment. So why not sign up your family to help out one evening or during the weekend. You are a huge influence in your children’s life so if you set a good example they will follow suit. Volunteering together can also help you build stronger relationships with one another. You can survey species, create community gardens and pick up rubbish, to name but a few. This will teach you and your family more about environmental issues and make you feel like you are all making a huge difference. You can also learn how to make your garden a hub of natural activity by adding new plants and stop using harmful chemicals.

Create an observation kit

Whether you’re using your garden or visiting a local forest, make sure your kids have everything they need to observe nature. You can pack a bag for each of your children with items they need for a day of wildlife watching. This could include a notepad, snacks, and wildlife books. You could also include a Celestron Nature DX 8x42 binocular or a Nikon Coolpix S33 digital camera. You can pitch a tent in the garden or go for a family day out to a nature park. Encourage them to write down all the animals and plants they see through the binoculars or camera and research them using the books. This will open their eyes to just how many plants and animals live in this one place.

With these tips and tricks to help you, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get your kids involved and interested in nature. Not only will they want to spend more time outside, but it will encourage them to help protect and maintain our planet.

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