I feel very fortunate to have grown up in a rural area. My sister, brother, and I would be gone for hours building outdoor homes, making mud pies, pretend fishing, and learning valuable skills like jumping across brooks and identifying scat. Unsupervised, unorganized, and unmaterialized (not a word? so sorry) play as a youth helped me to develop my imagination, independence, self-confidence, patience, and observational skills. Of course, we were sometimes accompanied by an adult on a walk through the back woods, and that’s when we would learn the hows, whys, and whats of nature. You do not need 100 acres, or any land, to encourage outdoor play. A walk in a park, a hike on the weekend, or a sand box can do WONDERS for a child’s creativity!
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