Hi everyone, Lauren here.
I hope you are all well and staying safe.
I am fortune to live right across from a park. Taking daily walks in the open green fields have amazing health benefits, I enjoy the exercise, the fresh air, the smells, the sounds of the birds and the river flowing. Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant benefits for all ages, increasing pleasant feelings and reducing stress. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing. Simply being exposed to nature’s wonders stimulates the brain. Genuinely spending a lot of time in natural surroundings makes people a lot more creative and productive.
On one of our daily walks we decided to create a bug hotel, providing a shelter for insects and other mini beats.
Gather all the materials you may require
- Go out into your garden, park, countryside and find some local natural materials (i.e twigs, bamboo canes, pine cones, dry leaves, grass, stones/pebbles, bits of bark, flowers, shells)
- Go into your garage/house to see if you can repurpose any items, (kitchen roll holders, milk cartons, terracotta pots, old slates/tiles/bricks, wooden boxes/cardboard)
- Start to build up your hotel with all the items you have collected
- After a few weeks go and see who has moved in, keep an eye out for (woodlice, beetles, slugs, ants, snails, worms, ladybirds, spiders, centipedes)
Super easy and lots of fun, give it a go!
The great outdoors gives children plenty freedom to explore, to shout, jump, climb, run around, hop and skip. Being outside is an exciting sensory experience for children. Developing their imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strength.
Hope to see all your wee faces soon, missing you. Take care x