May 30, 2011
My Best Life: A Daily Dose Of Outdoors
Prior to my screen-free week, I was trying to pay closer attention to labels on food and cosmetic products. There are many toxic chemicals in the foods we eat and the beautifying products we use. I've been very conscientious of the foods we buy and I have been researching the ingredients in a variety of sunscreens so that I can purchase the safest sunscreen possible for my family to use over the summer months.
This Week's Strategy
As an early childhood educator, I go outside with the children in my care at least twice a day. However, I find that I don't do this as much with my own daughter. During my screen-free week I learned the importance of enjoying nature and the outdoors with children.
This week I would like to start the habit of daily outside play with my daughter. I am hoping that rain or shine, we will be outdoors for at least one hour daily. With the recent planting of the garden, I'm sure this task should be manageable. Also, my husband and I moved some furniture around on our patio to provide some sheltered space for my daughter to play in.
There are a variety of activities we can embark on while we are outside. Bike rides through the neighbourhood, play time at the park, walks through our neighbourhood, trips to our local zoo, and our day trips to the lake can provide some wonderful opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. It is my hope that I can provide even the most "routine" activities outside. Painting, drawing, gardening, snacking and reading are all wonderful activities that can be explored in our own back yard!
What do you do to ensure your children get outside? Do you have any special suggestions for activities?
Wishing you a wonderful week!