Nature and Children's Health
Most of the experts suggest that children should have close contact
with nature as it has a profound effect on their general well
being. Several research studies have pointed out that interaction
with nature helps in proper metal, physician and intellectual growth
Experts have suggested that children who are hyperactive are able to
improve their concentration level when they remain close to nature,
Those who play in natural surroundings are generally physically more
fit. Their hand-eye co-ordination is better.
They are more agile and balanced. They perform better in studies by
scoring relatively higher marks as their concentration levels and
grasping power is relatively high.
This is probably because when children are in close proximity with
nature they become more imaginative and creative. Children are
anyway fast learners and no one can be a better teacher than
the nature itself.
When children play in natural environments, their play is more diverse
with imaginative and creative play that fosters language and
collaborative skills. Nature also helps children not to get stressed
That is why experts have started advising children to go out for
regular walks or periodic excursions to ward off any undue stress
during examination days.
Nature induces sense of 'wonder' in children. This is a prime
motivator to take up the learning graph. Children who have the
benefit of enjoying the affection of mother nature strengthen their
social interaction skills also as nature itself is a manifestation of
the co-existence of several diverse elements of life.
The loss of contact with the nature has a negative impact on a child's
health and personality. It makes him or her introvert and at times a
little depressed too. The cognitive skills are relatively less sharp.
Realizing the importance of nature's role in children's life, the
education curriculum at all levels across the globe has started
incorporating activities that bring them close to the nature. However,
the need is to ensure that these activities do not remain confined
to the pages of textbooks only but are actually implemented by taking
children outdoor frequently at regular intervals.