NATURE & KIDS: FORESTS
“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness”- John Muir
Have you heard about the Japanese practice of “forest bathing”? (This is such an interesting article about it). It’s basically just being in the presence of trees! This “ practice is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system and improve overall feelings of wellbeing”. So simple, right?
We know that “children belong in nature”, but despite this ample “ evidence demonstrating the links between human health and outdoor activity, children are in fact spending more and more time indoors”. This is so sad! We really need to restore our connection with nature! (Luckily there is no wi-fi in the forest and no app for it)
I love spending time with my family in the forest, walking, relaxing, enjoying one another’s company. Being in the forest brings me so much peace!
Also, I try to teach my kids through literature how forests play a crucial role in our lives. These are two of my favorite books- both edited by Thames & Hudson, which I hope you will also like:
What’s hidden in the woods? An inventive book by designer and illustrator Aina Bestard that includes 3 magic glasses. “ At first glance, all is still and quiet but look closely through three colored glasses to discover hidden secrets”.
Recognized as one of the most appealing pre-school books available and suitable for children 4+, this interactive book lets you watch animals and plants come to life!
Through the Forest. A colorful game-book by illustrator Steffie Brocoli and author Catherine Bidet, that “allows children to choose their path and create their own story. Kids must find the best way through the forest and meet all the fascinating characters that live there”.
It is a fun and enchanting book, suitable for children 3+, that allows them to jump from page to page, so the story never becomes boring.
(Top photo: back cover of the book Through the Forest. Illustration by Steffie Brocoli.)