Top 3 Books That Promotes Unstructured Play For Children

Top 3 Books That Promotes Unstructured Play For Children

I have been passionate about the outdoors for many years now and I want to teach everything I know about it to my children. I’ve noticed that, nowadays, there is a rise in childhood obesity and diseases and a decline in physical activity and outdoor play. I’ve decided to do my own research and read about this new, unhealthy way of living. Being informed will give me the opportunity to inform other parents and spread the word on how important is outdoor unstructured play. These 3 books are my top picks and explain really well what is happening with our generation.

1. Balanced And Barefoot  by Angela J. Hanscom (Author), Richard Louv (Foreword)

I’m sure everyone has heard by now how important outdoor unstructured play is for our children, but have you ever asked yourself what are the reason why it’s so important? In this book, Angela explains in details how important outdoor play is for our children’s health, growth, and cognitive and physical development. How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. She also offers tons of fun, engaging ways to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults.

Today’s kids have adopted sedentary lifestyles filled with smartphones, video games, and computer screens. But more, studies show that children need “rough and tumble” outdoor play in order to develop their sensory, motor, and executive functions. Now is the time to change that before it becomes too late. I recommend reading this book, it will make you think twice about our “normal” childhood life.

2. Last Child In The Woods  by Richard Louv

He calls it nature-deficit…

Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Richard offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond—and many are right in our own backyard.

It includes:

  • 100 actions you can take to create change in your community, school, and family.
  • 35 discussion points to inspire people of all ages to talk about the importance of nature in their lives.
  • A new progress report by the author about the growing Leave No Child Inside movement.
  • New and updated research confirming that direct exposure to nature is essential for the physical and emotional health of children and adults.

Let’s try to save our children from this nature deficits and get them out at a young age. This can only benefit them.

3. How To Raise A Wild Child   by Scott D. Sampson

The average North American child currently spends about seven hours a day staring at screens, and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, a dramatic transformation within the past generation. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat obesity, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in natural settings seems to yield long-term benefits in kids’ cognitive, emotional, and social development.

Let’s get our kids out, no books will tell us enough about how important it is, just do it and try to make it an everyday thing with your children.

I truly recommend reading these amazing books, they’ve opened my eyes and made me realize a lot about the way we are raising our children.

Have a good read.




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