Developing Your Tots’ Senses
Why Earth Day is a great place to start!
What better way to spend Earth Day than with Mother Nature? This April 22nd offers a great excuse to get everyone outside. Not only is the fresh smell of flowers uplifting but also full of benefits.
Physical activity has been shown to develop important emotional and communication skills that will benefit youngsters throughout childhood and into adulthood. According to Too Small to Fail, “When children play with adults or other children, they learn how to communicate their needs more effectively and better manage their emotions.”
Parents and caregivers can motivate their children to become more active by taking them to a grassy park or sandy beach and letting them use their five senses to explore their surroundings. Physical activity goes a long way in a child’s development. A study published in Pediatrics showed how one hour a day improved children’s ability to multitask and think creatively.
For this coming Earth Day, First 5 San Diego encourages all parents and caregivers to participate in their child’s natural desire to learn by getting out the door and into nature. Grab your child, some healthy snacks and go outside!
Here are some recommendations for what to do on Earth Day:
- EarthFair 2015 in Balboa Park on Sunday, April 19 from 10am – 5pm, free admission J
- Family Drop-In Day: Exploring Color at the San Diego Museum of Art on April 19, free after Museum admission
- Santee Lakes’ Eggstravaganza in Santee on April 4 from 9am – 3pm. Ticket prices $0.50 and parking is $5.
- ArtStop: Young Art 2015 in the San Diego Museum of Art on April 16, 2015. Free after museum admission
- For more April events check out Red Tricycle
- Pack a lunch or healthy snacks, a blanket and head to the beach or park for the day to explore
- Sing to your child using hand movements like in “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
- Plan to play outside for a least an hour
- Read a book and point to what you see like the sky, a blue ball, or a passing car
- Get outside, and do simple things, like describe your surroundings to your child
Additional Resources you might find helpful:
- Too Small To Fail: Active play is good for everyone
- NPR: More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills for Kids
- Red Tricycle: San Diego Events Calendar for Kids & Families