The great outdoors gives children plenty to explore and as restrictions ease we can all look forward to spending more time outside. The outdoor environment is ever changing and offers a stimulating multi – sensory experience for babies and children to explore and discover. They’ll embrace the freedom and space the outdoors gives them to shout, jump, run around, hop, skip and play.
Young children love the chance to explore different spaces and touch natural objects like leaves, pinecones, grass, sand and not forgetting the potential of a puddle and the enjoyment children get from them. The fun of making a sail boat from a stick and leaf to sail on the puddle, or just splashing about in it.
There are many health benefits to being outdoors for all the family. The natural environment encourages a healthy lifestyle, through physical activity and challenges, being outdoors helps children sleep, eat, and live more healthily. This encourages them to form healthy habits for life.
Find out more about why children should spent more time outdoors and why outdoor play is vital for children’s development and learning in this blog post.
Why not collect pebbles next time you are taking a walk and try this Pebble Meditation.
Lewisham's Open Spaces
Our borough has some real treasures including ancient woodlands, streams, rivers and grand houses and to help you explore them we’ve made a fun nature treasure hunt and activity sheets for you to download for some of Lewisham’s Open Spaces, so you and your children can look for the treasures of nature.
All of the sites are free to visit and close to transport links and make a great day or few hours out with your family. We hope that you enjoy visiting them and it would be great if you could share a photo of you and your family enjoying your visit at the hashtag #lcfchiddenlewisham.
Download the our activity sheets from the page link below
Bee a Community
Did you know that honey bees are responsible for 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat? That’s right! They’re the world’s busiest pollinators, with a really big job to do. Honey bees pollinate more than 100 types of crops in the U.S., help maintain the diversity of plant life and ultimately, play a crucial role in our ecosystem.
Find out more about how you can ‘Bee a Community’ by watching our story and how you can protect honey bees in this blog.