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Nature, Tranquillity and Being Human

Richard Louv in Last child in the woods refers to the ‘nature-deficit disorder’.  He comments on our need for nature to provide tranquillity and to promote emotional health. 

And it isn’t just the emotional benefit. Studies of preschool children in Norway and Sweden have shown that those who spend time daily in natural surroundings walking on uneven ground test better for motor fitness than those who play in typically flat soft surface playgrounds.

We want Hambrook Hedgehog preschoolers to spend time recognising British birds and insects as they play outside.  If we become a society that doesn’t know what these are anymore how can we grow to respect their conservational needs?  So forest skills sessions can be built around these too.  Looking at different types of flora and fauna and taking these experiences back into the pre-school to investigate more through books and computers.  To make displays, use art or role play or simply to play out their experiences!

For the children at Hambrook Pre-school, these are definite advantages to carrying out forest school sessions.

Nature's Playground helps Motor Fitness

Reference: Louv, R., Last Child in the Woods, 2005, Atlantic books, London

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