Over the past decade, the amount of time kids spend outside engaged in natural play
has dropped, as many youngsters opt to stay inside using the computer or playing video games. Although technology will continue to evolve, some parents are realizing that it's important to have their kids build a relationship with the environment, so they'll protect and appreciate it as they age.
A great way to encourage kids to enjoy being outside, while also helping them get the 60 minutes of recommended daily exercise, is to create crafts based on the season, Mother Nature Network reports. Beautiful foliage is everywhere during autumn, which is why it may be best for families to make art using the colorful leaves.
Take the children out into the backyard or to the local park to pick out a bunch of their favorite leaves - be sure to let their imaginations run wild for this activity. Next, bring everything you've collected home and take out the glue, markers and any other materials you have lying around and have the youngsters create pictures using the leaves. Hang the artwork up for perfect fall decor and a chance to show the kids how cool nature is.