What better way to kick off the much-delayed start to the Spring season and get out to enjoy some sunshine than by resolving to "trade screen time for green time!" I came across this new favorite phrase the other day and I love its call to action!
During my summers off from college, I worked at a summer camp as the "Nature Activities Specialist." I can honestly say that the highlight of my days spent there was "creek stomping" through the water with my eager troops, their eyes filled with wonder and curiosity as we discovered all the unique treasures offered by the environment. From the sounds of the bugs and the birds, the frogs and the ducks, to the feel of the mud squishing under our feet and the water splashing up on our legs, it was the perfect blend of sensory integration and experiential learning!
While "creek stomping" may be a bit ambitious for some folks, there are lots of ways to easily trade your child's screen time for green time:
All of these activities are designed to promote your child's vocabulary and knowledge of concepts, such as description, positions, and categories. The best part, though, is that the activities help you to engage with your child while moving, learning, and having fun! So "spring" into action and start trading that screen time for green time!