Spring has arrived and the desire to be outdoors too! Children, like us adults, like to spend time outside the home: running, doing activities, playing in the garden, in a park or in a square it has beneficial effects on the body and mind.
If outdoor activity brings numerous psychophysical benefits in the long run, some positive effects are immediately visible. In particular, it immediately affects the reaction of the child to stimuli from nature. Playing outdoors is good, in fact, because children become more aware, attentive to their emotions, sensitive towards their own physicality and that of others. There are experiences that every child can only have in contact with nature.
Fun, challenging and educational games
Nature is the ideal environment to stimulate children. Outdoors they can move and run freely, play and laugh, jumping ditches or balancing on logs or rocks. Touch and smell flowers and berries, fall into tall grass or piles of dry leaves.
In the natural environment, children can find their tranquility and observe various types of insects or other small and large animals, hear the chirping of birds or the sound of leaves. Their every sense is developed and imagination, creativity and curiosity are continually brought into play.
Who as a child has never played “one, two, three… star“? A game to play in a group, which stimulates reflexes and trains balance. Some children (even we adults can participate in the challenge) have to put themselves at a certain distance from a tree (or a wall or a gate or a monument, depending on what is available).
Another child, with his back to the group, counts “one two three … star!”, While the others move towards him, then whirls around: all players must remain perfectly still and in balance in their positions; otherwise whoever counts can point them out and make them go back to the starting line. The winner is the one who first reaches the position of the child who counts without ever being pointed out and takes his place for the next round.
A dynamic game for us adults too is the obstacle course. Designing an obstacle course with what nature makes available to us is already part of the fun! One or more stones to jump on, a log to walk on in balance, a bush or tree to avoid are readily available in nature and can make for a fun run. improving children’s motor skills.
The path must have a starting point and an end point and, before starting the actual race, all children must have a clear path to take. So off to the race! If an obstacle is forgotten or the order of execution of the tests is mistaken, the child must return to the starting point and restart the race. The player who completes the course correctly in the shortest time possible wins.
Even the jump rope is a fun and dynamic game. Perhaps it is one of the favorite games for all children, because it can be done alone or in company, rstrengthens legs and arms, improves coordination and agility. The variations are many: simple jump, double jump, cross jump, double rope.
Ring around the rosie
On the other hand, the girotondo is loved by younger children: one of the classic games accompanied by a nursery rhyme that every parent remembers perfectly. To the sound of “Giro-girotondo, the world falls, the earth falls and everyone down to earth!” children hold hands and all turn in the same direction, training balance and coordination and learning to collaborate as a team.
On the other hand, those who feel like a little explorer can disguise themselves as a young Sherlock Holmes, investigating to find out which bird the chirp you just heard corresponds to, which tree the leaf it found belongs to and recognize the insects it sees. The more organized can also be equipped with a camera, a lens, a telescope and a sheet on which to write down all the clues found in nature!