According to Richard Louv in his most excellent book Last Child in the Woods,
[A] growing body of research links our mental, physical, and spiritual health directly to our association with nature—in positive ways. Several of these studies suggest that thoughtful exposure of youngsters to nature can even be a powerful form of therapy for attention-deficit disorders and other maladies. As one scientist puts it, we can now assume that just as children need good nutrition and adequate sleep, they may very well need contact with nature.
This is a topic that gets me all fired up, but I’ll save some of those thoughts for future posts. (“Last Child in the Woods” book review coming soon)! [Update: Check out my book review-–Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder.] For now, I’d like to share one easy way to encourage your children to enjoy nature: