Spend time in nature

Spending time outside is like medicine for our bodies and brains. In nature we shift into a relaxed state, better absorb the nutrients from our food and even build stronger immune systems. Time spent outdoors also boosts our mental acuity and creativity and improves our sleep and mood.

Spending time in nature, looking up at the stars (and maybe making wishes!), walking along a beach or hiking through the woods, is as necessary to our health and evolution as the food we eat and the air we breathe.

There is no wifi in the forest

but there is

a better connection
– Unknown

How do we encourage kids to GO OUTSIDE and reap the benefits?

 

In the Happy Hunting Journal there are 3 activities that take kids outside. Just look for the TREE icons within the journal:

BinGO OUTSIDE
Is a game filled with specific items to find while spending time in nature
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Colour IN NATURE
Is an art activity using objects of different colours found while spending time in nature.

OUTSIDE the Box
Has kids use each of their senses to more mindfully experience their time spent in nature.


 

In the Happy Hunting Book:
Liza’s decision to look for her happiness takes her outside. Reading through, asking questions and talking about the simple things (like birds and trees) that helped Liza reconnect to her happiness are great ways to reinforce the practice of going outside to reconnect with what is inside.


 

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