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Beneficiile activitatilor organizate in natura pentru copii

by Marius Hardut last modified Dec 21, 2014 07:06 AM
All over the world, there is a movement to re-connect children with nature. A growing body of research suggests that psychological and physical health improve for children when they spend time in nature on a regular basis. Here at TimberNook, we like to look at how children benefit from nature from a developmental perspective. We like to go a little deeper and see how the brain, body, and spirit can benefit from our unique curriculum.

 

The TimberNook curriculum is carefully planned and activities are selected based on their therapeutic value and ability to inspire children to think in creative ways. See below for some of the ways our programs help to nurture child development.

Gross Motor: Children challenge their vestibular system also known as their “balance system” and coordination by moving in all directions while climbing trees, scaling rock walls, rolling down grassy hills, and running from one place to the next. They develop strength and endurance by hiking up hills, carrying heavy rocks, bricks, and sticks. 

Attention: Children improve attention when they are playing outside on a regular basis. Moving helps to activate and ignite the brain to pay attention. 

Visual Skills: Children’s visual skills are nurtured when children frequently play outdoors. Moving on a regular basis improves the vestibular system, which helps to support all six eye muscles. Children also work on skills such as visual tracking when searching for things out in nature.

Auditory Processing: Playing outdoors provides ample opportunities for children to naturally practice auditory discrimination skills, such as listening to the differences between a Robin's call and a Chickadee's call.

Fine Motor: Grabbing hold of heavy and large objects such as limbs of a tree help to develop strong grasping patterns in little hands – getting the hands ready to do finer and more delicate work such as holding a pencil. Also, our activities such as embroidery, molding clay, and working with alpaca fiber help to fine-tune these motor skills.

Social-Emotional: We allow for ample unstructured playtime in the great outdoors, which leads to creative social adventures between the children. This is often the time where they make their own societies out in the woods, build structures together as a group, play pretend with peers, and come up with their own games. 

Creativity: The TimberNook curriculum inspires children to think independently and openly. Our environment, resources, and activities are carefully selected to allow time and space for kids to create, build, and use their imagination.

Kids colaborate in woods

 

Sursa - http://www.timbernook.com/therapeutic-benefits

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