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Introducing your child to nature

Introducing your child to nature

Most kids love exploring nature, but for many of them, they are rarely given opportunities to get outside. Either their parents are too busy or they find themselves stuck in their bedrooms glued to video games.

As a parent, it's your responsibility to introduce your children to nature, and a great way to do this is by letting them play on natural playground equipment. All you have to do is simply send the kids outdoors and tell them to explore. Chances are, there's a park with natural playground equipment near where you live.

Step 1: Get them to go outside

It might seem like the most challenging thing you've ever done, but once you peel your kids away from their electronic devices and push them out the door, they will fall in love with nature, especially when playing on a natural playground. Sure, some kids love certain parts of nature more than others, and you need to do your best to identify what aspects each of your kids like. You need to keep this in mind when you send your kids outside.

Step 2: Incorporate nature into their playgrounds

Unless you're a stay-at-home parent, it's unlikely that you have lots of time to spend with the kids outdoors. Because of this, it's reasonable to assume that most of the time your kids spend enjoying nature will be in the comfort of your own backyard. To help them enjoy nature to its fullest, it's a good idea to give them a natural playground. In fact, research has shown that kids tend to have more fun outside when nature itself is incorporated into their playgrounds.

Step 3: Go to the lake

In many areas of the country, there's a good chance there's a nearby lake. Whether it's two minutes away or 30, it’s a good idea to expose your kids to water. This doesn't mean you have to rent a boat and go tubing, but with water being one of the most vital elements on Earth, it's important that your children experience it. There are lots lakes and camping areas that have natural playgrounds, so make sure to let the kids play if you come across one.

Step 4: Go for walks

A simple walk through your neighborhood is a great way to introduce your kids to nature. Even if you live in the city, there's a lot to be explored. From looking at plants to watching birds fly, your kids will love it when you spend time with them outdoors. If there happen to be natural playgrounds located nearby, you can walk the kids to the park and let them play.

David Reeves is the Marketing Director of Superior Recreational Products (SRP) in Carrollton, GA. For over 30 years, Grounds For Play, a division of SRP, has focused on designing play environments for specific age groups that provide challenging mental and physical exercises in a safe environment. Our play environments have become standard in everything from U.S. military installations to schools and apartment complexes. Connect with GFP on Facebook.