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Title: 5 Reasons to Encourage Outdoor Learning at Home
Word count: 550
Keywords: child development, outdoor learning, nature, sensory development
5 Reasons to Encourage Outdoor Learning at Home
Children learn best when they are stimulated in a variety of ways, free from limitations. This is why it’s important for them to get out in the fresh air and really explore the world around them. Here are my top 5 reasons to get out into the garden and have some fun.
1 Everything you need is on your doorstep
I understand that the average parent has a hundred and one tasks to accomplish before the end of every day, so they don’t welcome an extra load of dirty laundry. However, the top priority for all parents has to be their children’s development. One of the most effective ways to encourage children to be curious explorers is to let them experience the great outdoors.
2 It aids sensory development in the early years
Your child’s brain is developing at a magnificent speed during these early years and it is a crucial time for developing a range of skills such as spatial awareness, problem-solving skills and a connection with nature. Children also start to lay the foundations of understanding boundaries at a young age. By giving them a safe environment to play in, such as a garden, park or local woodland, and setting clear boundaries, their trust in your instruction will grow. Rather than telling them hypothetically what is and isn’t safe, they will learn from guided experience.
3 It provides opportunities to explore and ask questions
Why? Why? Why? Sound familiar? I believe that questions go both ways. You have an inquisitive child, there’s nothing wrong with admitting that you don’t know all the answers. The important thing is to show them how to find it out. Don’t know the name of that particular flower? Look it up? Did your child ask you a particularly obscure question? Ask them questions in return and find out where that question came from. Give plants and trees new names. Why not? You may soon find that your own inner child enjoys it just as much as they do.
4 Don’t worry about a few grass stains
What better activity to encourage exploration than to let the little monkeys out into the fresh air, free from worry that they may get their new shoes a little dirty. They certainly don’t care if they get a few grass stains on their jeans; it’s the parents who care most about these things. Better still, get them into some clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Makin memories can often be a little messy.
5 It helps to build independence
Think of this as an opportunity to help them to build autonomy. Get a spare pair of clothes ready in case your child gets wet. Encourage them to get changed when they feel soggy, helping them if they need it. If they don’t, stand back and let them figure it out for themselves. It’s another learning opportunity for them, as valuable as any other.
Try not to get bogged down in the small amount of extra work that’s required to do a few extra loads of washing. Your little one may have spent the day building walls with coloured blocks, but they may also be laying the foundations of a career as an architect. They may have spent hours splashing in puddles and picking flowers, but they may have also been planting the seeds of a successful career in landscape gardening. These moments are extremely valuable to children, don’t shut them indoors.
Title: 2 Must-Have Chairs for your Kid’s Room
Word count: 500+
Keywords: chairs, kid's room, bungee chairs, saucer chairs
2 Must-Have Chairs for your Kid’s Room
Your kid’s bedroom is a place for play, study, sleep, and even the occasional timeout. It is a toy box and a hiding spot. It's the place where dreams are made and plans are hatched. It is important to your child that their room is both comfortable and functional, with lots of room to have fun. If it’s not covered with clothes, it may be part of a fort, an essential part of their dressing table or desk. Maybe it’s a place to hang a wet towel in the morning or it's where you perch to read them bedtime stories. Whatever the use, a chair is essential in every kid’s bedroom. With so many to choose from, here are our picks for must-have chairs for your little one’s room.
These cute and comfy chairs have been around for a few years now, and they show no sign of losing popularity. While the frame is made of metal to provide a sturdy base, the chair is fitted with bungee chords instead of foam stuffing. This gives the chair a modern look and a bouncy yet supportive feel.
If your child’s room is a little on the small side, a bungee chair would be an ideal purchase. Most models fold up to be stored away when they’re not in use, and the open spaces between the bungee chords mean that these little beauties suit the décor of a bright and breezy bedroom.
The bungee chords conform to any shape so they will be comfortable for kids of all shapes and sizes. Even parents will enjoy the flexible feeling when reading bedtime stories. They come in a range of different colours and designs, so finding a bungee chair to suit any style of bedroom is easy.
If you’re looking for something a little sturdier, I recommend a saucer chair. It has the inviting appearance of a comfy armchair, yet can be easily folded away and stashed under the bed. These also come in a range of different colours and styles. My personal favourite is the faux-fur cushioned style. Perfect for curling up with a good book, yet versatile enough to be carried out into the garden to enjoy the sunshine.
Saucer chairs offer a little more structure than their bungee cousins, so they are perfect for those of you who might feel a little wary sitting down onto something that resembles a spider web. For teenagers who want a more sophisticated look, I recommend a saucer chair in a style of their choice.
So whether you have a bouncy young explorer, or a cosy bookworm, one of these styles is bound to put a smile on their face. Both are great if you need a little extra space yet tough enough to support your little monsters, whatever they get up to. At such reasonable prices, you can afford to get one of each!
Lorraine has been teaching English as a Second Language, writing and proofreading for seven years and is currently studying part-time for a BA in English Language and Literature.
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