Remember those commercials —This is your brain on drugs?
Now, imagine the opposite, your brain on green . . . on nature. It’s so good for you, it’s like taking smart pills!
How much green per day?
The National Wildlife Foundation recommends 60 minutes – or a “Green Hour.”
Pediatricians prescribe “Grow Outside” for better health – anything is better than nothing.
And, Deborah McNelis’ Brain Insights gives us parents ideas for what to do with her little brain cards on a small ring. The Naturally Developing Young Minds packet suggests 40 nature activities and costs only $9.99. Slip it into a pocket or purse and you’ll have it where ever you go! Each card contains a fun activity with a beautiful, color photograph and scientific brain research.
“Give me a piece of black fabric, a dark towel, or black paper to take outside. Have me catch snowflakes, place seeds, or collect pine needles on it. Look at the items very closely to see if there are two exactly the same.”
On the back of this activity is the brain insight:
“Brain connections for basic math skills are developed from the ages of 1 – 4. These skills begin development through comparison activities with real objects.“
Get more Brain Insights from Deborah on her blog, Early Childhood Brain Insights, and other brain packets from her online store such as Love Your Baby, Fun While I’m One, and lots more. They’re great!
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