Foraging is the process of finding and harvesting food from the wild. It can be a fun and rewarding activity for the whole family, and it offers a variety of benefits. Kids are naturally curious and want to put just about everything into their mouths anyway, why not direct that towards tasty wild food? Foraging helps tap all that curious energy into nature exploration while teaching them valuable skills at the same time.
We know that outdoor play has a lot of benefits and plays a key role in neurological development. National 24-hour guidelines suggest a mix of vigorous and light physical activity, proper sleep, and reduction of sedentary activity. The benefits include better cognitive health, mental health, immune functions, social skill development and much more.
Let’s explore outdoor games and activities you can do with your family on a campout, in the backyard, at a local park, at the beach or at the pool. You will notice that some activities can be done in multiple locations.
Dozens of games are available at a moment's notice without the need to find needed pieces jammed in a closet or worrying about that one missing piece. Many require only human power, fresh air, open spaces, and creativity.
Let’s explore three that have been played by children as far back as the second century.