Next time your child is in an outdoor environment, watch how they engage with the things around them.

Next time your child is in an outdoor environment, watch how they engage with the things around them.

Next time you are outside with your child, take a look at what is engaging them.

Most often, it is not anything elaborate.  It’s nature.  It’s leaves, sand, dirt, rocks and sticks.

Outside isn’t crowded.  There are lots of things to occupy kids, but they are not shoved into a tiny space.  They are planted into the endlessness of the outdoors.

Outside keeps kids’ attention.

Kids are taken by outdoor environments for many reasons–one being that outdoor environments are simplistic.  Generally, they don’t have to clean up.  They aren’t overwhelmed by possibilities of what to play with–what appeals to them is naturally displayed in the way it was meant to be.

The vastness of the outdoors allows kids to have choice–not too few, and not too many.

This week, I want you to take advantage of the wonderful weather that we’re having and be sure to observe your child in an outdoor environment.  Note an interaction that you enjoy, and think about how you can duplicate the simplicity of the outdoors in your home as it relates to play.