Ducky Diaries: The last sparkler has fizzled out..... NOW WHAT?! Join me and Joe- from Nature Rated

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The last sparkler has fizzled out..... NOW WHAT?! Join me and Joe- from Nature Rated

What are your kids doing this Summer (besides making you want to pull your hair out)?
For many of us Summer time with the kids is a time to enjoy the outdoors,the sunshine and if you're lucky the ocean.

As much as kids love Summer holidays, keeping them busy can be a real chore (speaking of chores, why can no one pick up their own socks!?). If you've not got the luxury of a Summer camp or a super awesome nanny then it's up to you as a parent to find things for the kiddos to keep busy with.

We all know that it's far too easy for them to end up in front of a screen of some sort and that is no good. Mom and Dad's we know spending too much time with their faces glued to a screen is detrimental to their little developing minds. So what do we do?
We get them outside. In nature. One with the earth. We let them be kids.

Studies have shown that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering with poor mental health and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, a daily walk in nature has showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

One in four people are estimated to experience bouts of mental illness and it's on the rise. Prescription medication of antidepressants are also at a record high level and the demand for more invasive treatments are also on the rise. Health and social care commissioners are examining and commissioning different options for cost effective services for mental health and one of these options is a daily walk of 90 minutes or more. We need to learn from the past when kids got excited to spend their time climbing trees and building dens rather than spending hours inside.

Joe at Nature Rated has put together this fabulous infographic with brilliant colors and step by step easy to do instructions that will get your little one excited to play outside and toss that tablet.  Check it  out here:   https://www.naturerated.com/15-summer-kids-activities/
 
From baking a blackberry pie to constructing a pond or insect hotel, there's plenty for the youngsters to get up to.

Have fun babes! Please feel free to share pictures in the comments of activities you've done!  We would love to see your kiddos in action.  

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