The benefits of outdoor play aren’t just physical. It allows children to challenge themselves and become appraisers of risk. This, in turn, helps develop cognitive, social and emotional, and self-regulatory skills.
The farm to early care and education initiative includes a variety of strategies that encourage the use of local foods in meals and snacks, gardening opportunities, and food-based learning activities that promote children’s health and well-being.
As children explore and observe nature, they become more aware of, and empathetic to, the plants and animals who share the natural world. Try these nature-based mindful activities indoors or outdoors with your tots!