Growing up in a green environment with natural elements such as water and sand helps your child to grow up healthily. A good and varied diet is of course the most important thing, but the child’s environment is also very important. In a good environment with lots of greenery, a child can play outside and become familiar with nature. Not only with trees and shrubs, but also with animals, insects and birds. In addition, playing outside regularly increases resistance. Children are then less likely to catch a cold or flu. It is also a known fact that children who play on a farm develop fewer allergies than children who grow up in a city. A green environment has its advantages.
Houses with very small gardens and little greenery
A green environment, especially in the construction industry in the Netherlands, is still not of paramount importance. Construction companies do not always pay attention to this and often build as many starter homes and family homes as possible on a piece of land that they have purchased. There is then only a small amount of land available per home and per family to create a reasonable garden with lots of greenery and a lawn in order to offer any children the space they need to develop healthily.
Green squares are good for older children
There is often a square or playground nearby where you can play, but your own garden is especially necessary for little ones. It means that children can gain their own experiences with sand, soil, flowers, plants and water under the continuous supervision of their parents. Even older children can play badminton, table tennis and other games more safely in their own garden than on the street. However, in the absence of anything better, a square is a good substitute for your own garden, provided that the square is well equipped for children.
A pond in your garden or in the area
Families with small children should wait a while before setting up a pond in their garden. After all, children under the age of four do not yet have the awareness to right themselves again if they fall headfirst into a shallow puddle of water and suddenly can no longer breathe. A small child can therefore drown in a shallow puddle 30 cm deep. If your child has had swimming lessons and can swim well and stay above water, the danger has often passed. Also pay attention to whether there are ponds in your area that are publicly accessible, so that you know where there is a risk of drowning for your toddler.
Secure any pond with a grid over it
If you want to keep an existing pond in the garden when children come, it would be a good idea to place a sturdy steel framework with not too large openings of about 7 by 7 centimeters over the pond and that grid at the corners firmly in cement. and secure in the ground. This way the fish have light and air, but the children can no longer fall into them.
Your child can play safely in a green and shielded garden
In a garden of reasonable size, a small child can have a sandbox where he or she can play safely and gain experience. During dry periods, the sand is as dry as salt or sugar and can be sieved. If you make it a little wet, mountains, castles, tunnels and roads can be made with it. A child can also bake cookies or load and deliver containers of sand with a small toy and/or a plastic truck. It is a form of imitating the world and work of adults.
Practicing motor skills
Playing with sand has another advantage. The child practices his motor skills and learns to handle the material, but at the same time increases his resistance. The body learns to defend itself against bacteria that occur in nature outside. Playing with soil and creating your own garden has the same effect. Be careful of cats and always cover a sandbox. Cats really find your sandbox the perfect place to relieve themselves. If this has happened once, stop letting the child play in it and replace the sand.
Water belongs in a green environment
Fill a children’s pool or, if one is not available, an emptied sandbox (or another container) with water in the summer and give your child all kinds of things to play with the water and gain experiences. An empty and rinsed plastic bottle of vinegar can be cut and pierced with a pin just above (or slightly above) the bottom. When the child puts water in it, it runs out in streams on all sides, which gives a funny effect. You don’t have to buy separate water bowl toys.
A child’s hand is quickly filled
Small watering cans, plastic bottles, plastic balls, bath ducks, boats, and the like are great water toys to play with in the water bowl or in a children’s pool. The water bowl can be easily emptied, because children often enjoy taking care of the flowers and plants in the garden with that water at the end of the day.
Children learn to ride a bike
Where can a small child play more safely and learn to cycle than in their own garden? However, it must have normal dimensions and preferably have a lawn where people can play and cycle around. Falling is rarely a problem and here too the child builds up more resistance than in a home without a garden or with a garden that is much too small, where little exercise is possible. However, always have children wash their hands when entering and before eating. Hygiene is not unwise, but neither is an excess of concern for bacteria.
A green, natural environment also around the house
Not only is a private, spacious garden important for the healthy growth of children, but also a green environment in their living area. Trees and grass strips in the street, a green walking area a short walk away and the presence of birds and other animals is not only interesting for children, but also has a soothing effect on their minds and gives them the necessary freedom of movement that they often have to have in our busy residential areas. to miss.
Sitting behind the (game) computer often and for long periods of time is not healthy
Where children used to often play outside on the street with other children in residential areas, they now usually sit behind the computer or TV, because it is often just too dangerous outside on the street and sometimes play is not allowed and cannot be done at all. This way they don’t get enough exercise and that is one of the reasons why children nowadays are often too fat and often have to wear glasses from an early age.
Use an egg timer to indicate a measured time
Make it a rule that playing computer games for half an hour a day is good, but definitely not longer. Set the egg timer on it so you don’t have to indicate when the time is up. The child then knows that he has to stop when the alarm goes off. He will probably grumble about it sometimes and say that the alarm clock is not working properly, but as a parent you would do well to keep the child to that time.
Experiencing experiences in a green environment is healthy for the mind and body
A green environment not only provides peace and encourages adults and children to exercise, but in a green environment the temperature and oxygen levels are also better. Trees and shrubs in particular provide good oxygen levels in the air. In addition, they provide shade in the summer against the sometimes too bright sun and too much heat.
Playing with fallen leaves
They also provide children with great toys in the fall in the form of fallen, dry leaves. The rustling of the leaves in the wind is also a wonderful, soothing sound. Not only for children, but also for yourself. Children also gain many useful experiences in a green environment. In addition, more animals can be found there than in a nature-poor environment.
Playing outside helps against obesity
Children who often play outside stay healthier than children who spend a lot of time indoors. The temperature differences alone ensure higher resistance of the respiratory tract. It is a known fact that people who spend time outdoors every day also get sick and colds less often. This also applies to children who play outside for at least an hour every day. They exercise more and are less likely to be overweight.
Forests, heaths and dunes are excellent places to play and learn
Children who do not have a garden at home and no place to play outside in their area should go into the forest, dunes or heath with their parents at least at the weekend to let off steam. Parents who also explain what can be seen in nature and can talk about it do their children a great favor. Going to the shopping centers and hardware stores is much less interesting for a child and certainly less healthy than taking a walk and playing in a green environment.
Find a house with a garden to help your children grow up healthy
Anyone who is looking for a house, is planning to start a family and has the financial resources to do so, would do well to look for a place in a green environment, where there is enough space and peace to let children grow up properly. Children simply need space. Not only to learn to walk and cycle, but especially to develop their lively imagination.