Exposure to nature is one of the key fundamentals of a meaningful life.
But, how much exposure to nature and outdoor environments is necessary to ensure a child’s development and a healthy life?
To have a healthy emotional and physical life requires contact with nature.
The published research evidence is overwhelming: exposure to nature lowers blood pressure, stress and alters mood in positive ways, enhances cognitive functioning, and in many ways makes us happier.
We don’t really know absolutely but it may be that we need to quantify what is necessary. Are there such things as minimum daily requirements of nature? And what do we make of the different ways we experience nature and the different types of nature that we experience?
Let’s start with the basics: raising your children with daily opportunities to play outdoors. We have six happy well-adjusted children who are close in age (1 to 2 year gaps). They naturally gravitate to anything outdoors. This basic fact has spawned our interest in the variety of great backyard play sets, and outdoor playsets, available at affordable prices. If you cannot have a home playground then try to get your kids to your nearest park then sit back and enjoy their romps.