Nature Play the OT Way!

Week one of Little Foxes saw all 4 seasons! This provided a good opportunity to reflect on how a nature playgroup can build resilience for big and little people. There are a few quotes that come to mind especially during the really rainy sessions…

Encouraging a child to go outside in all weather builds resilience, but more importantly it saves them from spending their life merely tolerating the “bad” days in favour of a handful of “good” ones – a life of endless expectations & conditions where happiness hinges on sunshine. (Nicolette Sowder, courtesy of The Daily Parent)

Monday was a very rainy day! It is interesting to observe how our little people really don’t notice the rain! They just keep playing. Does resilience decrease with age? I see with my children it is my 2 year old who notices the rain the least. And me the most! Perhaps I am thinking more about the load of laundry a session in the rain will inevitably create!

When considering your waterproof gear, it is almost more important that us as adults are warm and dry. After all, if we are comfortable we are more likely to take our little people outside!

This is a good quote to keep in mind…

There is no such thing as bad weather – only inappropriate clothing. (Ranulph Fiennes)

As we come into winter there are going to be more cold and rainy days. But the importance of free nature play every day does not decrease. If anything it is more important. Schools are quick to cancel outside playtime if it is wet. This is unfortunate and an issue to address in another article!! Little bodies are not designed to sit for long periods whether it be in a classroom or in front of a screen. Little bodies need to move in order to develop. Just like big bodies need to move to stay fit.

It is widely recognised that children should ideally have 3 hours a day of unstructured outdoor play time. In winter this is still possible, it may take just a little more planning (and motivation!).

We are lucky here in Geelong to have relatively mild winters. Although I know a few kiddies who would enjoy the occasional snow day!

I will conclude with this

Life isn’t about waiting for the winter storm to pass. It’s about dancing in the blizzard, catching flakes on your tongue, and making snow angels. It’s about hooting and hollering as you sled down the hill with your kids. And it’s about taking the time to help shovel your neighbour’s sidewalk, smiling at people passing by, and slowing down to enjoy the beauty of a winter’s day. (Courtesy of Becoming Unbusy)

Slow down and enjoy our seasons! Notice the clouds, the beautiful colours of the leaves in Autumn. Take advantage of a windy day to fly a kit or a rainy day to jump in a muddy puddle.

Thank you for a lovely week one Little Foxes 🙂

Xx Michelle

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