Sunday, February 6, 2011

God's other green playground....

One of the things I learned about SPD children is they need their green playground. Nature was something that most of the children had in common.
What is a green playground? A playground rmade out of recycled material or on that is with grass?

A green playground is outside, nature, without manmade playthings...Kids focusing on what bug or bird is making a certain sound. It is amazing how kids really will focus on trees, birds, flowers, and bugs when you take time to show them. Let them explore the green playground that God has given us.

Children with SPD or children without, really benefit learning about nature. It does not mean let's go play in the mud, all the time, lol. My daughter does not like getting dirty. However, she can tell you anything about many birds, trees, and even bugs.  Animals of course are a big thing in our family.

SPD children tend to be able to really focus and not feel overwhelmed when playing in God's green playground. Maybe that is God's way of providing therapy for them.

Nature trails, prairies, or fields are not the only way to get the benefit of God's green playground.  The beach is another place as well.

Where we live we have the "Dike", it is the awesome since they reopened after Hurricane Ike damage. It is amazing and has been our second favorite place to play in God's green playground. The kids love to go out there to just explore. Sometimes we see the ships coming by, pelicans getting lunch or dinner, the shells, or just watching the seagulls. The kids love this kind of playground as well.

Snowy Egret

Our path onto the sandbar.
Some lovely seaweed and oyster shells with barnacles.

We talked about the salt in the water, why there were suds and the currants.

Just chillin and taking in all the learning...
This is a sandbar we found and went on, however, everytime the ships would pass there was not an entrance or exit to it.
The kids exploring.
Some of the ships in Galveston Bay...brought up the conversation of trade.
 A beautiful sunset...
Who made these footprints? Ashlie?
A Brown Pelican looking for dinner.

Ashlie just comes alive when she is exploring as well.
Aleq loving every minute of it. It is his therapy as well.

My point is, do not just settle for your backyard. Explore what is around your enviroment. Even stopping on the side of the road to see wildflowers, watching wildlife or even animals. You don't have to discover just your yard, there are many other options as well. The kids love to learn and you can learn with them in  the God's green playground.
   We saw a huge group of vultures. My husband turned the car around and we watched these vultures like we were on Nat. Geo Wild or explorers.
We counted a total of 16 all together..they were eating a carcass of a skunk.

This one is too cool to me, it look like it could just be one bird!

Yeah, some say we are crazy...but we love God's green playground.

Live, Love, and Laugh

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