As the seasons change and the temperature drops, we might find ourselves outdoors and ill-prepared for cold air. In manifesting the Swedish saying, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes,” we can prepare ourselves and our little Explorers for whatever nature has to offer!Read More
We love to encourage our Explorers to explore their creativity, and we can practice crafts with resources all around us. This fall, make use of natural materials for fun arts and crafts! Here are some our favorite nature-inspired art projects for the autumn seasonRead More
Friluftsliv: a Scandinavian term directly translating to “open-air living.” First popularized by Henrik Ibsen in the 1850s, this term has been used to describe “the value of spending time in remote locations for spiritual and physical wellbeing.”Read More
We love that Vitamin N (for “nature”) provides readers with simple and accessible ways that adults and children can reconnect with nature. Vitamin N is a comprehensive and practical handbook that readers of Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle have been looking for. This is the perfect children’s book for parents who value spending time outdoors and recognize that that spending time in nature is imperative to health of our children. We agree with Publishers Weekly, who describes the book as:Read More
As grown-ups we have our own ways of connecting with nature. Typically, our relationship with nature stems from the experiences we have as children and is shaped by the different directions are lives take us. Adults tend to be set in their ways, and have developed perspectives on everything from political views, to family and to the environment around us. While it is hard for most of us to change these preconceived patterns, most adults strive to keep an open mind.Read More
We can’t stress enough the importance of being outside. But what many parents are not aware of are the many benefits of getting outright dirty.
Germs and dirt are serious concerns for anxious parents, but some experts say we need not worry.Read More
There are countless factors such as the home environment, social economic status and school which can negatively impact a child’s development. But one unavoidable fact is that too much screen time is preventing our kids from doing sports, reading, playing outdoors, and being with siblings.Read More
I think we can all agree our children are spending more and more time indoors, iPads and TVs being major culprits. This has led to a number of studies being published looking at the negative impact this is having on the health and development of children. Research has also shown there are numerous benefits to children playing outside, here are seven of them:Read More
Staying trapped indoors has created what health experts call a "nature deficit disorder" -- depression or anxiety resulting from too little time spent outside. Getting outdoors can do great things for your health. Reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and improving immune function are among nature’s health benefits. What's more, incorporating elements of nature into your workday can also give your brain a boost, resulting in increased productivity, focus and creativity.Read More
A survey conducted by United Minds showing 7 out of 10 parents want their kids to spend more time outside.
The survey asked a little more than 1000 parents about their attitudes to children spending time outdoors. 69% of the responding parents want their kids to spend more time outdoors, and 75% said that they themselves want to spend more time outside.Read More
10 Great Reasons Why You Should Spend Time Outdoors
Whether it is in organized form or not, spending time outdoors is essential to our health. This list gives you some of the benefits associated with time spent outside and reconnecting with nature.Read More
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
Friluftsliv: Tips From the Swedish Parents’ Playbook
Living in the US for the last 10 years, I sometimes find it hard to adjust. My way of life growing up in Sweden was instilled with friluftsliv, the Swedish term for living close to nature. Read more and learn how you can instill some friluftsliv in your family and community.Read More
We can all agree it has been a long winter, but finally Spring is officially here! Temperature is rising, bird song is filling the air and more and more species of birds will arrive until late May. Some of the signs winter is over.Read More
Developed in Japan during the 1980’s, forest bathing has become an integral part of Japanese culture.
Although the Japanese term ‘Shinrin-yoku’ translates to ‘forest bathing’, the practice is probably not what you think. There are no showers or bathtubs involved.Read More
We love encouraging our Explorers’ to celebrate love and practice kindness. While Valentines’ Day has become more about candy overload and plastic trinkets, we’ve gathered our top three nature inspired ways to celebrate that are sure to please. These activities are all outdoors, and are open-ended to give any Explorer the room to be creative and discover just the way the like.Read More
Why Children Need to Play Outside – Even in Winter
Sending our children outside during the cold months actually has some real extraordinary benefits for our children (and adults too!) - like boosting the immune system and creating smarter minds.Read More