Nature nurtures the soul, mind and heart, but so many of today’s children rarely play outside and explore nature, and this is damaging to their long term health and well being.
Childhood obesity rates have more than doubled the last 20 years; the United States has become the largest consumer of ADHD medications in the world; and pediatric prescriptions for antidepressants have risen precipitously.( Health Benefits NWF)
Nature and creativity are fundamental to a child’s growth, physically, mentally and emotionally. Over the last 15 years I have been connecting children with nature through art and storytelling.
“Nature inspires creativity in a child by demanding visualization and the full use of the senses” Richard Louv – Last Child in the Woods
Nature is by far, the most natural, awe-inspiring place to nurture a child’s creativity. We often forget that we are nature. That we are highly creative, spiritual beings that require a healthy relationship with the natural world. Time in nature opens our hearts and makes us realise we are part of nature too.
“Creativity is now as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” – Sir Ken Robinson.
I wholeheartedly agree with Ken. I believe all children are beautiful, highly creative-soulful beings full of love and wonder.
There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling for children than to be able to express themselves creatively. And why I actively campaign for more opportunities for creativity in education.
Learning should be fun
“In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move.” – Angela Hanscom
PLAY + NATURE + ART = HAPPY HEALTHY CREATIVE INTELLIGENT CHILDREN
Over the last 4 years I have run workshops for educators wishing to find ways on how to actively engage children with nature through art. My latest workshop program “Educating the Heart through Nature Art” provides early childhood educators and providers with a years’ supply of meaningful nature based art activities.
Educating the Heart through Nature Art is a 12-month journey that walks educators through a series of exercises and activities designed to open the mind and heart, and draw on the many benefits of creative play in nature.
These art activities engage children with nature in a way that develops a quest for knowledge, a foundation of respect and gratitude, and an appreciation for all life.
With the growing demand for the workshops I have decided to offer an online workshop program. You too can participate in the online program: www.educatingheartnatureart.com
This journey helps children discover the wonder and adventure that can be found everywhere, it helps develop the creative mind … and they find strength through a deeper connection to our natural world.
Here is what the years program looks like: http://educatingheartnatureart.com/program/
PURCHASE THIS UNIQUE ONLINE WORKSHOP PROGRAM TODAY – ONLY $249.00
WHY CHILDREN NEED NATURE AND ART? Watch the video: NATURE AND ART
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi
“Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together” and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating – whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day.” -Corita Kent
“If a child is to keep alive her inborn sense of wonder, she needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with her the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson
“From cave painting to poetry, from kabuki to throat singing, the arts in some form or another have a defining presence in all known cultures. There is a reason for this. The songs we sing, the stories we tell, the music we make, the objects we shape and the performances we share are not idle pastimes. They are among the most eloquent expressions of human intelligence, imagination and creativity. They beat at the heart of human life and give form and meaning to our deepest feelings and our highest thoughts.” – This passage is from a great article by Sir Ken Robinson : The beating heart of human life? The arts