As spring starts to arrive (albeit very, very slowly), I am really looking forward to being able to spend more time outside. I recently came across a great idea on how to spend our outdoor time: a Green Hour. A Green Hour is an idea from the National Wildlife Federation and it is defined as an hour of “unrestricted play and interaction with the natural world.”
What makes a Green Hour unique is that it places the emphasis on unrestricted outdoor play. Unrestricted play puts the power in your child’s hands to do whatever interests them. Therefore, it is important to choose a location for outdoor play that will allow your child the freedom to pursue his or her interests. For me, that meant I had to look for parks that had more space for my daughter to run around and areas that were not close to major roads so I wasn’t constantly worried that she was going to run into the street.
A Green Hour is a great way to unplug you and your kids from the TV or the computer and the unstructured time gives you the freedom to follow your interests. It can be a trip to the park, a walk around your neighborhood, or just an adventure in your own backyard. Make it your own and enjoy!