Play In Nature At Home

This morning I looked out my back door to find my next-door neighbor and her daughters gardening six feet apart. Now is a perfect time to connect to nature in any way we can.

If your family is graced with the luxury of a backyard I encourage you to use it as much as possible while you socially distance your family from others.

"Nature Play at Home", by Nancy Stiniste has always been a favorite recourse of mine. She draws from simple ideas, such as picking up a rock, and shows kids (and their parents) how to expand on the idea. She offers suggestions for play alone (solitary and alongside each other without talking), and together (cooperatively). Playing in nature can be thoughtful, elaborate, easy, mindful, quiet, loud, exciting, daring, accomplished, and fun!

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