For Your Parents
MPB also provides resources and helpful hints for parents and caregivers. Parents, check below for ideas on how to encourage your children to learn.
Getting Your Kids to Plug into Nature
Kids have never been so plugged in to electronics, nor so out of touch with Mother Nature. And that’s a shame, because studies show that children who explore the outdoors are happier, more alert and curious. Kids who are out chasing butterflies and making mud pies even have more complex brain structures than those who spend hours in front of a computer screen, since experiencing new smells, sounds, sights, textures and terrains actually promotes brain development.
Tips for helping kids plug into nature:
- Help kids see that nature is all around them.
- Take advantage of the changing seasons.
- Be intentional.
- Explore nature in the park.
Parenting Tip #120
Will your child create Valentines for his classmates and friends? If so, make the exchange more special--decorate an old shoebox so that your child has a special place to collect the Valentines he receives. For family Valentine's Day ideas visit PBS parents at www.pbs.org/parents.
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