I am a firm believer in getting outside and getting active with my children as much as possible. I am thankful that my parents took the time to get me outside in nature and that they always encouraged me to be my own person. I am now on a mission to do this for my own children. Here are some of my favorite quotes that encourage this way of life! I hope you enjoy!
“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.
“If we want our children to move mountains, first we have to let them get out of their chairs.”
“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best”
“I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm with kids than in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them the rest of their lives.”
If you trust play, you will not have to control your child’s development as much. Play will raise the child in ways you can never imagine.”
Let the children free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.”
Dr Maria Montessori
I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, it can do anything.
“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children health (and also, by the way, in our own).”
“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unself- consciously to the soughing of the trees.”
Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”
O. Fred Donaldson
“The more risks you allow your children to take, the better they learn to look after themselves.”
“Our children should be properly introduced to the world which they live.”
“Children more than ever, need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world – jumping rope, bicycling, stream hoping, and fort building. It’s this engagement between the limbs of the body and bones of the earth when true balance and centeredness emerge.”
“Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.”
“Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director, and the actor in his own play.”
I hope you enjoyed this collection of quotes and that you feel inspired to let your children learn through nature and play! For more of my favorite quotes check out the quotes section of my blog!
Much Love & Happy Adventures,