Can nature help kids learn better?

Multiple reports from different sources showing that nature has brought about a change in the overall well-being of a child, in terms of critical thinking, leadership, teamwork and problem solving capabilities. Upon doing even more research into this topic, it became very evident that the relationship between nature and learning is dependent on the learner. 

Learning is likely to improve when a learner is more attentive; less stressed;  more self-disciplined; more engaged and interested; and more physically active and fit. Evidence suggests that if a child part takes in learning in nature it leads to overall development.

All our efforts will be futile if we continue to take from nature without giving back and being considerate about it. We at FSM Buddy have an online learning course called eco-conscious minimalist lifestyle which enables students to understand biodiversity and connect with nature, not only that but also-

  • Creates a blissful environment by evoking sensitivity through visuals and stories.

  • They will learn how to broaden their perspective by creating visuals to establish a meaningful relation with nature.


Physical Benefits

The fresh air that nature provides us with is invigorating and offers endless opportunities for physical activity, which, in turn, builds strong bodies. Exposure to sunlight means children absorb vitamin D which has many positive benefits for the body. 

Some of these outdoor activities include:

  • Climbing trees

  • Chasing a friend 

  • Standing on one foot

  • Falling over

  • Hanging and swinging from bars

  • Jumping over or into puddles

Social Benefits

When children play outdoors not only do they become physically fit but also learn to interact with other children as well as nature. They learn the art to approach other people as well as children to ask for something or be included in a game. They also learn to make up new games with elements that nature has to offer like stones and leaves. They have the chance to be as loud as they want and play without any restrictions and have complete creative freedom.

Social benefits of learning in nature for kids

Emotional Benefits

During times when mental illnesses are at a time high, emotional wellbeing without a doubt becomes the most important area to be worked on for children. Nature helps children to be more focused and present with every action they take; as well as promote a sense of flow that is essential for mental well-being. Nature also has many biological effects which contribute to a positive mental well-being for example reducing stress levels and increasing Vitamin D absorption. Another not-worthy benefit of spending time outdoors is that it leads to children being exposed to natural sunlight which helps in regulating melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps in relaxing the body and getting a good night's sleep.

Intellectual Benefits

Nature is a never-ending source of knowledge for fun and knowledge for children. They learn to negotiate on the playground and create teams while playing games which also plays an integral part in personality development.  They learn from their mistakes and experiences without any interference from their parents. Their inquisitive minds can run as wild as they wish, run behind butterflies; play in the mud; explore new insects that they will never see in their homes, the learning curve is endless.

Intellectual benefits of learning in nature for children

The benefits of leading an eco-conscious life by making nature a part of our everyday curriculum are endless which help in making your child a well-rounded individual by being a physically strong child as well as an intellectually well-rounded one.