When we think back to our childhood, we recall fond memories of playing outside, often with siblings or friends, possibly engaging in pretend or imaginative play. These memories stick with us for a reason. Maybe we learned something while we were playing, maybe the sights and smells of the outdoors engraved memories in our psyche, or maybe the rush of adrenaline instantly increased our mood as we ran across the warm grass.
Whatever it was that provoked these fond memories, for many children, the way they understand and experience nature today has changed radically. Richard Louv refers to this as nature-deficit disorder, explaining the reduction of exposure to nature in today’s wired generation.
Read more here, on the Envirokidz blog.