What is Biophilia?
Firstly, did you know that that humans are instinctively drawn towards their natural surroundings? Yes, it is called biophilia. It is a theory proposed by Harvard University biologist Edward O. Wilson in the early 1980s. A lot of us parents probably question this theory as we see our kids expressing a clear preference for watching cartoons, TV shows, and playing games.
Nature deficit disorder
Secondly, can we be afraid of the so-called Nature deficit disorder? The average American child is said to spend 4 to 7 minutes a day in unstructured play outdoors, and over 7 hours a day in front of a screen. Therefore, how can we express the benefit to our kids of spending time outdoors?
Outdoor explorer kit
As an example of the fun, stimulating activities our kids can do in nature can be the kids outdoor explorer kit. We have tried a couple of them over last two years. In our opinion the four below are especially useful. Moreover, they helped us develop a lot of love for the little creatures surrounding us.
Also, encourage children to think about “what it’s like to be that “beetle” (or ant….). Not only this encouragement builds vocabulary and language skills, but it also helps children develop the habit of perspective-taking. Consequently, it is another term for empathy.
To summarize, nature activates a lot of senses. You can see, hear, smell, and touch outdoor environments. Isn’t it great? Let’s increase the richness of kids’ experience!
- Lehoo Castle Kids Explorer Kit Outdoor Adventure – It is 23 Pcs Bug Catcher Kit for Kids.
Available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2BznMjc
2. TEPSMIGO Kids Explorer Kit, 11 Pcs Outdoor Exploration Kit with Binoculars, Costume Vest, Safari Hat, Bag, Hand-Crank Flashlight, Magnifying Glass and Whistle.
Available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2U37qW8
3. INNOCHEER Kids Binoculars Set, Outdoor Adventure
4. GINMIC 8 x 21 Real Optics Mini Compact Kids Binoculars with Neck Strap