Modern life has left children to spend time watching televisions and playing videogames on smartphones. Children these days spend negligible time with nature which leaves them devoid of its developmental effects. Below are some of the benefits of connecting to nature.
Multiple Development Domains
Nature supports the overall development of a child emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, as well as physically. This happens when a child interacts with birds and animals.
Develops Problem-Solving skills and Creativity
Children are seen to engage in more creative
forms of play with nature. Nature encourages them to play more cooperatively and in a friendly manner with peers. They also develop new ways of problem solving and intellectuality.
Reduces Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Symptoms
Spending some quality time with nature can help young children reduce symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder
(ADD). Children who interact with nature also overcome this disorder in a short time and develops focus on their learning reducing difficulty in attending the instructions.
Increase in Physical Activity
Children exposed to school grounds with diverse natural settings are more active physically. They are also more aware of the nutrition and tend to develop rich behavioral tendencies such as being civil and kind to one another.
Improvements in Eyesight
Children who spend significant time outdoors are observed with reduced
rates of near-sightedness or myopia. The effects are also seen over a longer time duration when these children grow into adults.
Apart from the benefits mentioned above, interaction with nature helps students to reduce stress. Plants, green views, and access to natural play show positive results in personality development.