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The Great Outdoors: 5 Reasons Why It’s Best for Our Kids

September 14, 2023
5 min read
Kat Ridgway-Taylor

Kids today spend more time indoors than ever before. Many are glued to their screens, playing video games, watching TV, and even scrolling through social media. But what if I told you that the best place for kids to be and to learn is outside in nature?

That's right,  the Great Outdoors is the best classroom for our children. It's where they can learn about the world around them, develop their imagination, and get some much-needed exercise.

Here are just a few of the benefits of spending time in nature. Many are equally beneficial for parents too!

🧘🏽‍♂️It boosts their mood and reduces stress

Studies have shown that spending time in nature can improve children's mood and reduce their stress levels. This is because nature helps to lower cortisol, the stress hormone.

🧠 It improves their cognitive function

Nature can also help to improve children's cognitive function. Studies have shown that children who spend more time in nature perform better on tests of attention, memory, and problem-solving skills.

🎽 It promotes physical activity. 

Kids who spend time in nature are more likely to be physically active. This is important for their overall health and well-being.

👩🏽‍🎨 It fosters creativity and imagination. 

Nature is a great place for kids to use their limitless creativity and imagination. They can build forts, play hide-and-seek, and explore the natural world around them.

🌍 It teaches them about responsibility. 

When children are immersed in nature, they can learn about the importance of taking care of their environment and respecting all living things. 

So next time you're looking for a fun and educational activity for your kids, take them outside! No matter what you choose to do, make sure your kids have plenty of time to explore and learn from the natural world. They'll be glad you did!

Nature in Action within Boundless Education 

If you have ever tried to teach your kids maths using a textbook you’ll know it can be a challenge. But teaching them about the mysteries of the Fibonacci Sequence through demonstrations of its appearance throughout nature? Suddenly, maths becomes a lot more fun and engaging!

The same is true for other subjects like science, history, and language arts. Nature is a natural classroom, and there's something to learn everywhere you look.

For example, kids can learn about science by observing plants and animals in their natural habitat. They can learn about history by exploring old ruins or historical sites. And they can learn about language arts by writing stories and poems about their experiences in nature.

But perhaps the best thing about nature is that it's a place where kids can be kids. They can run, jump, and shout without anyone telling them to be quiet. They can explore and use their imaginations. And they can simply enjoy being outdoors.

Boundless Education understands that the best classroom is ‘no room’. We try to get outside at every available opportunity because we have experienced first-hand the learning benefits offered by the Great Outdoors. 

Our intrepid Explorers have enjoyed a wealth of immersive and memorable experiences during their time at our Educations Centres, taking part in Extracurricular Activities and venturing out on regular Field Trips. It would be impossible to list them all, but to name just a few:

😀 Visiting one of the remaining traditional shipbuilders in Syros and learning about the craft from a master. 

😀 Learning about the ecology of a Portuguese beach whilst simultaneously taking part in a beach clean-up. 

😀 Traditional kite making and flying in Bali.

😀 Discovering Renaissance art and architecture in Florence. 

If you also think your children are the best version of themselves when they are out in nature they will LOVE Boundless Education. Chat with us about all the alfresco learning opportunities that are coming up in our cohorts!

At Boundless Life we build a collection of thoughtfully designed communities located in beautiful destinations around the world comprised of private homes, co-working spaces, a education system based on experiential learning and locally adapted recreational hubs where like-minded families can develop connections, work, sustainably explore different parts of the world and be immersed in the local cultures.

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