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Play in the Creek

Spending time outside with nature is a great way to bring a sense of quiet and calm to an otherwise too-busy life. Plus, it's usually free! Take a few minutes to find a suitable creek near you and visit soon. Hopefully you can find one that is clean and safe in a local city park or other free area, but if you need to spend the small fee for a state park, it's still worth it, not just for your own peace of mind and entertainment for the kids, but also because research shows that spending time in nature helps children do better in school, have fewer behavioral problems, and use less medication. If a weekend picnic at the creek doesn't convince your heart, then read Last Child in the Woods (about saving children from nature-deficit disorder) to convince your mind.


Whether your children are determined to learn to cast a fishing line or catch minnows with a net, the creek remains calm and patient and and lets them keep trying and keep practicing, for as long as it takes, with no fear of grades or ridicule. They'll develop their courage as they hop from stone to stone or balance on a log as they cross the creek. Something special about a creek encourages children to invent their own problems to solve about how to build the best dam or the most fabulous sand castle or find the prettiest rocks or the most clams, and if left mostly alone, they will be able to practice making their own decisions and be creative in how they figure things out. The self-confidence that comes from these independent activities is wonderful to see.

Suggested books about Creeks and Nature.
(Please click the picture for more info or to purchase.)
Basic Safety Rules At The Creek

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