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Nature is the best teacher for our children. Rachel Carson connected children with nature with this quote that I absolutely adore:
“Play, Incorporating Animistic and Magical Thinking Is Important Because It:
Fosters the healthy, creative and emotional growth of a child;
Forms the best foundation for later intellectual growth.
Provides a way in which children get to know the world and creates possibilities for different ways of responding to it.
Fosters empathy and wonder.”
There is a lot of truth in her words and, given her status as a naturalist extraordinaire, one might infer that she was thinking from the perspective of being outdoors. Children learn valuable skills simply by being and by exploring the natural environment around them. Skills such as problem solving, science, social & emotional skills, that we parents often demand of our young children have the opportunity to develop naturally if we allow them the space to do so.
So I was thrilled to be able to spend a weekend camping on Cape Disappointment with my two young sons. Cape Disappointment is a wonderful place with two miles of beach for exploration, creation and imagination. We love camping at this spot because of the opportunities the experience gives our family and our boys.
My goal: to be unplug and to simply “be” with my children in an organic rhythm of the days and nights.
Here are a few key items for our adventures:
for movement and pure joy of chasing critters, beautiful butterflies and unique moths
to create a temporary home for the critters we met during our weekend only to be released within a few hours
to more closely examine the insects and animals we shared space with over the weekend
for a sensory walk during dusk and the darker hours
for resting, reading and contemplating
Other Resources for Camping with Kids:
- Prepare for Camping with Kids
- How to Survive Camping with Kids
- Melissa & Doug’s On The Go Series
- Camping Scavenger Hunt for Kids
- Super Useful Packing List for Family Camping from Mommy Hiker
I hope that we inspired you today.