Smiling like Sunshine: Earth Day Blog Hop

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Earth Day Blog Hop

 We love going out for walks and exploring the nature, marvelling at all the beauty she has to offer. It fascinates me how much the clean air and the beauty before my eyes restores my soul.

Have you heard about "the nature deficit disorder"? A term coined by Richard Louv. In his book Last Child in the Woods, Louv links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
Therefore, we try to spend time outdoors as much as possible. Rain or shine, it is very important for children to get out, breathe fresh air and explore the world around them.
Even if it is just for 15 minutes a day, even if they are in playing in the garden I make it a priority to let them spend some time outdoors.
In today's world, our children cannot play freely in the woods or on a road in front of your house anymore for security reasons. But we should still find  ways so that they can explore the nature. Luckily for us, we have beautiful parks just a few minutes from our house.
 I love observing them touching,feeling and playing with sticks, leaves, flowers ...
 ...and how they are absorbed with it all

...and their games,finding spaces to play hide and seek .

Sometimes we take our toys or craft materials and a little table outside and play there. I would love to hear from you, how do you encourage your kids to connect with nature?

We are celebrating the Earth Day with some fellow bloggers. We’d love for you all to link up something that you will do to celebrate this Earth Day, which is on April 22. Please link only ONE post showcasing your Earth Day art, craft, community service project – anything  that celebrates our Mother Earth! 
Come and join up with these wonderful bloggers for the Earth Day Blog Hop – visit each to see how we are celebrating and learning about Earth Day:
 Hosts: Mommy Labs, Greening Sam and Avery Teach Preschool | Ready.Set.Read | Living at the Whitehead’s Zoo | The Outlaw Mom Blog | Rainy Day Mum | The Golden Gleam | Inspiration Laboratories | Nurture Store | Experimenting Mom | Kids Stuff World | Artsy Craftsy Mom | Creativity My Passion | Imagination Soup | Caution! Twins at play |Rockabye Butterfly | Explore Education | Getting Messy with Miss Jessy | Daria Music | Mama Smiles |Let’s Lasso the Moon | Reading Confetti | The Educators’ Spin On It | Kitchen Counter Chronicles | De tout et de rien | Our Feminist Playschool | The Wise Owl Factory Book a Day | Mommy and Me Book Club | Dirt and Boogers | Carrots Are Orange | Putti Prapancha | Toddler Approved | Imprints from Tricia | Smiling like Sunshine |


  1. Lovely pictures and what a wonderful time out for the kids to connect with nature. Yeah, I've read about nature deficit disorder. I think this reasoning makes sense and connects to the stress kids experience...

  2. You are so right. Spending outside time is so important for little ones and does wonders of us Mamas too.

  3. Beautiful pictures of your kids!! Outdoors are so much fun for both little and big kids.
    We love spending time outdoors too, and most times its just a walk around our apt complex and my girl LOVES it:)

  4. Did you write another post about nature deficit disorder recently? I recently read an article about it but I can't remember where! I had never heard of it before then. Interesting.
    Looks like you are having a wonderful time!


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