More than ever we are living a moment of acceleration, connection and an eternal feeling that time flies and is increasingly short.
People are concentrating on large cities, where the scenery is a universe of concrete, dark, full of buildings, bridges, cars, and big avenues, forming a real chaos.
Besides, the search for full time schools, or activities that can keep the children busy is getting bigger, in such a way that their day begins in the morning and finishes only late at night, such as the adults. Added up to that, nowdays the children have been adopting sedentary ways of life, filled with television, video games and computer.
On the other hand there is a growing amount of people who are moving out from large urban centers in a search for a little bit of peace and contact with things that are really important in life, like family, physical and mental health, which is not always balanced having a agitaded and full of demands life.
Another important aspect of moving out from a big city is the largest contact with nature.
Recent researches prove the importance of the nature for the physical and psychological development in the childhood. The children need to play in the outdoor, in order to develop their sensory and motor functions. The lack of movement can unleash a series of heath and cognitive problems, such as deficit of attention / hyperactivity, sensory problems, aggressiveness…
Thinking about it, pediatrician Angela J. Hanscom founded TimberNook, a place that allows children to play outdoors in contact with nature, benefiting from the natural environment to develop the brain, body and child spirit.
Besides teaching children about the environment and sustainability the TimberNook has as its main focus the way that the natural environment enriches and helps the developing child.
Each scenario and activity is designed and created to develop motor skills, balance, independent thinking, tactile processing (touch), proprioceptive processing (articulation / muscle consciousness) besides the creativity of each individual.
The programming happens every year through camps, after-school programs, birthday parties and daily programs.
The staff is trained to create with elements of nature games, plays and challenges. The activities are selected based on their therapeutic value and ability to inspire children to think creatively.
You can expect many climbs in trees, rock climbing walls, roll down grass hills and mud bath. Such games develop strength and endurance, let the children more attentive because they are never on a regular basis, enabling the brain to pay attention, among many others benefits. Besides the fun that is guaranteed.
To understand more about the importance of the contact with nature for child development we recommend the reading of Balanced and Barefoot, written by founder of the place, Angela J. Hanscom, or the book Last Child in the Woods written by Richard Louv, both for sale on Amazon.
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Ana Livia, graduated in fashion design, works with fashion for 20 years, specialized in kid’s fashion, but consider motherhood her true profession.
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