Interesting Article on the physical effects of playing outside on the eye sight. Not to mention the social benefits of unstructured play. March 2020
Mud play dough recipe
Mud play dough recipe – I usually change it slightly by reducing the cocoa to half a cup and adding half a cup of ground coffee. Makes it look more grainy like mud and smells delicious! We have used it to find worms ( pieces of string) and plastic play bugs. We made beautiful flower gardens by placing Mud play dough in egg cartons and arranging flowers and butterflies.
Take a look at the Children & Nature Network – Leading Movement to Connect Children to Nature lead by Richard Louv.
Read some great articles
Children who play outside more likely to protect nature
Ticks can be anywhere there is grass, are most active from April to September and they can carry Borrelia, the Lyme-causing bacteria. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease cases. Therefore you should look for ticks on your child(ren) on a daily basis. Favorite places ticks like to go on your body include areas between the toes, back of the knees, groin, armpits, and neck, along the hairline, and behind the ears. Please check the information given by the Center for Disease Control’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/.