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The importance of nature-based play

by Peter Magee 03 Nov 2022

In today's world, it is more important than ever for kids to have opportunities to play in nature, especially as screens and the digital space continue to take priority. Being outside and interacting with the environment around them also has many benefits beyond interacting with something that isn’t an electronic device. 

So, with that in mind, we’re running you through why nature-based play is so crucial for kids, and how you can take your pick from toys we recommend to help them embrace this form of engagement. 

Why going back to nature is essential

Nature-based play can help kids to develop physically, cognitively, and emotionally. In fact,  Studies have shown that children who live and play among nature have lower levels of stress hormones, higher self-esteem, and increased creativity. They also show an increased ability to concentrate and an increase in patience. 

But if that’s not enough to persuade you, there’s also the added bonus that it gets the kids out of the house and into the yard, and that’s always a win. 

The best back-to-nature toys for kids 

Flower presses 

Flower presses are the perfect way to preserve the beauty of blooms of all kinds, and sends your kids out on a hunt to find their favourites to use in their project. With a little bit of effort, they can create beautiful keepsakes that will last a lifetime. 

Even if they’re not artsy, it’s also a great way way to get them learning about nature and exploring various plant types. We love the Ladybug Flower Press from our very own shelves as an example of this. 

Bug spotters

Some kids (even the big ones) may be afraid of creepy crawlers, but others see them as an opportunity for fun and learning. Why not embrace both sides by helping your little ones conquer their fears, learn more about various species and understand why they make such an important part of our overall ecosystem? 

Simple activities like catching and releasing insects can help kids learn about the world around them, showing them how certain insects and bugs move, what they eat and even how they choose to live. The Bug Spotter Kit from Toybox Tales can help you get started without mess or fuss. 

Microscope Explorer Set 

Encourage curiosity by exposing junior scientists to the specimens all around them. Included in the Microscope Explorer Set is a field journal with instructions, practice tasks, inspiring observation ideas and more than 100 pages to record data and draw their experiences. The microscope is also equipped with two magnifications (20x and 60x) and an LED light. 

What more could you want? 

Green Toys Watering Can 

This wouldn’t be a complete list of nature-based play suggestions without a trusty watering can. We especially love the Green Toys Watering Can, designed for children and made from 100% recycled plastic milk containers. 

This lightweight watering can features a spout that makes pouring easy, and also boasts an easy-grip carrying handle for comfort. 

Ready to engage your child in nature-based, green-filled play? Check out our many inspired products at Toybox Tales now. 

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