Be inspired by the beauty of the outdoors in your home
Image courtesy of EJ Fox (“pseudoplacebo”) from Circleville, United States – Playing snatch the fish
With good weather still a hope for September, there’s no better excuse to get outdoors with your kids and enjoy the benefits of outdoor play before the weather turns. We are fortunate enough to live in a country that affords us a variety of landscapes and walking routes, with both manmade and natural attractions making the perfect destination for taking the kids out. We aim to take the kids out at every opportunity as you can see from our recent Nature Walk.
One of the greatest things about the outdoors is that it provides amazing inspiration for creative projects. If you’re thinking about decorating your home or perhaps just making some minor changes, you can take a lot from nature around you in order to make a welcoming haven for your family.
First up, of course, you’ll probably want to organise a trip outdoors with the kids. The benefits of playing outside have been proven through extensive scientific studies with children. Cath Prisk, director of Play England, says: “Fundamentally, we believe that kids should be outside playing for a good proportion of the day because it is how you can stay happy and less stressed.” Who doesn’t want stress free, happy kids?
Prisk added that research carried out in 2011 indicated that many parents considered taking their children out to be a “treat” rather than something that should be actively encouraged on a regular basis. Indeed, this is not a fear that has eluded modern day writers.
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Wood, has coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” and it’s something that’s becoming increasingly worrying for the children of today. Put simply, Louv’s term describes modern-day children who have developed a near fear of going outside due to an ongoing relationship with electronic devices and parents’ own concerns over their children’s safety. With the huge number of health benefits available however, including improved Vitamin D consumption and happier children, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take your children outside.
You may have seen a recent piece on Pembroke Castle Pushchair Walks, which is just one example of many of the United Kingdom’s stunning outdoor spaces. The area can be a great source of inspiration for decorating your home too – the greenery alone is the perfect inspiration for painting your kids’ bedroom walls. You might even consider painting your own designs on your child’s bedroom walls with a tribute to Mother Nature.
Image courtesy of Saroselive
Alternatively, you can capture you child’s imagination by building your own castle environment at home. There are a great range of beds out there which offer a number of themes, including castle-style bunk beds, so your child can live within their own fairy tale.
Of course, there’s no better way to ignite your child’s imagination than to take him or her outside. In fact, in a study published by Hofstra University in 2004, it was revealed that 92% of mothers admitted that letting their children play outside helped to broaden their imaginations. It’s also a great way of bonding with your child too – without the distractions of smartphones, computers and the general hassle of modern living, it’s nice for everyone to get away from our gadgets and focus on each other and good fun!
So whether you’re looking for interior design ideas or just want to improve you and your child’s health, there’s no reason not to get outside!
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