Enjoying the outdoors
What a fantastic beautiful morning we had at Waipuna park. We had massive bubbles which were amazing. We enjoyed collecting and rubbing leaves to make beautiful leaf patterns and trying to find bugs for our insect nets. All the tamariki had fun exploring with their magnifying glasses.
This was a great time spent together as a whanau exploring in our community.
Thanks you to all Educators and tamariki who joined us today to experience Paptuanuku.
Many studies show the positive links between direct experiences in nature and tamariki’s mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. The studies show that regular direct access to nature can:
- increase self esteem and resilience against stress and adversity
- improve concentration, learning, creativity, cognitive development, cooperation, flexibility and self-awareness
- prevent childhood obesity.
Research has shown that empathy and love of nature grows out of tamariki’s regular contact with the natural world. Hands-on, informal, self-initiated exploration and discovery in local, familiar environments are often described as the best ways to engage and inspire tamariki and cultivate a sense of wonder. These frequent, unstructured experiences in nature are the most common influence on the development of life-long conservation values.