Children and the outdoors are synonymous, with each other – most heading out in any weather to explore nature at its best. Gardens are places where magic can be made. Tea parties are set for guests real and imagined and fairies may overlook the festivities.
With opportunities for fresh air, sunshine and no end of places to explore, the garden could be perfectly manicured or an overgrown jungle but would still be fun of endless learning possibilities.
Whatever the space, the garden reflects the changing seasons through growth and the cycles of life that sustain us.
Gardens teach children about concepts such as sustainability, harmony and the very best of nature.
Learning about the garden from seed to planting to harvest, takes time, patience and care. The joy of watching things sprout from something tiny is miraculous.
Outdoor learning within nature can also pose risks too, There are all manner of creatures competing for resources and their place in the hidden order of life cycles. However, with a little education and planning to prepare for living amongst the elements it can be restorative, restful and show living examples of resilience.
It used to be the norm that children would spend most of their days largely unsupervised exploring the wonders of nature in big back yards and open spaces.
In our modern age of living these spaces have become much smaller, or in some spaces non-existent.
In place of this though there has been a greater trend to create spaces amongst our urban sprawl with wonderful community-based benefits, providing access to even more wonders.
There is now a blend of bringing the indoors out and vice versa. Many Preschool programs are inviting children to meet nature up close and personal and re introducing it to their parents as well.
The Prosperity Project could be considered one branch of the tree at The Garden Frankston. Businesses are nurtured, watered and tended to lovingly in a supportive environment, encouraging owners to plant seeds that will blossom into living, thriving, places to continue to learn and grow with.
Much like the children who witness the miracles of nature and are invited to ponder their own environments, so too will those who want to create services that reflect the changing needs of their clients.
https://littleworldsinabigworld.com/This post was written by Jo Harris Play Specialist