Nature plays to create a dynamic environment for the children by providing them with stimulating and testing environment. A decade ago, children used to experiment in their neighborhoods as they had a random access to wild lands. But children now-a-days, in the modern society, are constrained to stay at home becoming more sedentary in their adolescence. Due to their inactive adolescence, they are also deprived of a healthy living in their future. Based on several analysis and experiments, it has been found that environment plays a big role in affecting the minds of young children in many ways.
Environment on Children’s play
Children tend to use their environment as a platform for their playing, in turn challenging their day to day activities and pushing their mind’s limits. It is what comes naturally to the innocent minds. They absorb the surrounding scenarios and use them in their day to day playing activities. May it be seeking ideas from the Wild West to the detective series; everything can be well crafted, especially, when the kid’s minds become inventive.
Environment on children’s motor development:
Children use their eyes to get an idea of what they are up against. As such when a survey was held between a group of kids who played in the forest and those who played the normal outdoor games, a remarkable difference was identified with the first group showing significant development in their physical tests. The following were the facts observed from kids who were let to have fun outside in the forest.
- Children adapt more quickly to rugged and unstructured landscape.
- Kids who had access to the outside grounds were more physically fit as compared to their counterparts.
- Kids who were allowed to roam the forests had more understanding of their physical nature as compared to those who played in the confines of their backyards.
Studies prove that the natural environment is what best suits the kids. Particular forms of play are related to different elements of the landscape. The play activities are divided into three categories.
Functional Play: Also known as the gross motor play, it deals with laying in landscapes which combine vegetation and a variety of topology. These pave the way to activities such as running, tumbling as well as climbing.
Symbol Play: Symbol play increases the creativity of the mind with fantasy plays like playing farmer, pirates etc. There is a difference in the choice of characters between the two genders.
Construction Play: A play with the help of loose parts, it involves building various dens, shelters etc. A good example is the excitement felt in building a den within a forest. More than the finished product, its building in general creates the amusement.
In locales with dominant open patches, dense shrubs, trees and mixed bush vegetation, it leads to the symbol and construction play. Climbing rocks and sliding slopes were some of the common activities. Except flexibility, all other motor activities see a significant improvement with the help of physical activity play.
Ecological perspective proves that it is the ‘process’ rather than the ‘product’ that dominates the child’s growth at a tender age.
Today’s article is submitted by Rachel Mills. She is wonderful writer and mostly writes articles about eco-living and eco-tourism. She feels hedging is a wonderful way to contribute to the nature as well as your home.