Don't Forget to Play
Play is so simple. It is the work of children. However, we often overlook its importance. All of the learning that young kids do happens when they play. I think we as adults sometimes forget this, and we schedule our kids to do so many activities that they don’t have time to use their imagination for free, undisturbed play.
Outdoor play in nature is a double dose of goodness. There is lots of research about how important the outdoors, nature, and fresh air are for children’s health. In our highly scheduled lives, it can sometimes be difficult not to participate in structured activities or an organized game. So, I encourage you to take a step back and remember that kids really do learn best when they touch, feel, observe, and explore.
Go outside as a family and help them realize all of the wonders of play in our world.
• Encourage your children to get dirty and dig in the dirt
• Help them find critters to observe – worms, slugs, roly-polies, caterpillars
• Watch birds and bees and butterflies and talk about where they are flying or what they are doing
• Plant seeds with them and watch them grow
• Let them run in the grass with no shoes on and let it tickle their toes
• Turn on the hose and let them run through the sprinkler
• Ride a bike, pull a wagon, take a walk!
• Look at flowers and collect fallen leave
• Make mud pies and build sandcastles
• Build fairy houses and bridges for bugs
• Make a boat out of bark and send it down a creek
All of these things that we label as play are so important for children as they learn about themselves and the world around them.
As we began to think about starting this company, we kept coming back to the idea that family adventures in the outdoors are such a wonderful thing, and that is why we are committed to creating gear that helps your family get outside and adventure more. There is sharing, making memories, playing, learning, and love! We hope you take some time to go outside and play!