Kids need outdoor play and nature to develop a sense of wonder and learn

Some estimates say that kids today spend about half as much time outside as their parents did.

While some may dispute the number, most would agree that it is indeed less time. The reasons behind the change point to a modern lifestyle often focused on computers and indoor activities.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is an author and professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and she says that it is imperative for kids to have outdoor play in nature in order to develop a sense of wonder and learn. She also has suggestions on what to do once you’ve got them outside. Professor Grandin is also an active advocate for individuals living with Autism and her website can be found here.

Professor Grandin joins Smart Talk Thursday with ideas for hands-on projects for nature loving parents and their kids.