When we were young, the first thing we did was always to get out of bed, remove our chappals, and walk on the fresh morning dew, known as "os" in Hindi. The sensation of overnight condensation on the tips of grass mixed with mud was refreshing and invigorating. It was believed to be good for us. However, as time passed and #urbanization took over, the practice of walking on the fresh morning dew became rarer, and the dew itself seemed to vanish amidst the industrialization surrounding us. With it, on the way out is the #outdoor in us.
Exploring the out-of-doors can be an incredible and enriching experience for children, including babies. Nature offers a wealth of sensory stimulation and learning opportunities. Here are some simple ones listed:
Sensory Stimulation: The outdoor environment exposes children to a wide range of sensory experiences. Feeling the gentle breeze, hearing the swaying of trees, listening to the birds' chirping, feeling the warmth of the sun, and observing the vibrant colors of nature all contribute to their sensory, cognitive, and neurological development.
Bonding: Parks and playgrounds provide opportunities for bonding with caregivers, parents, and friends. Children learn valuable social skills, such as sharing, taking turns, resolving conflicts, and helping others. Picnics and playtime become platforms for nurturing important life skills.
Social Skills: Playing outdoors with other children fosters social interaction, cooperation, and teamwork. Children learn to communicate, share, and negotiate with their peers, building essential social skills and forming friendships.
Risk Assessment: Outdoor play often involves encountering challenges and obstacles, allowing children to develop problem-solving skills and the ability to assess risks. Navigating unfamiliar terrain, making decisions, and adapting to changing situations foster resilience and confidence.
Independence: Engaging in outdoor play with peers encourages children to explore and make independent decisions. They learn to assess risks, manage their own safety, and regulate their behavior in different environments, promoting self-confidence and autonomy.
Calming Effects: All things natural have a soothing effect on people, doesn’t it? Let that prevail.
Anjali Sharma, Founder CB