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How Homeschooling Families Can Kick Nature-Deficit Disorder

Written By Guest Blogger Virginia Cooper

Are you worried that homeschooling your kids could mean they’re not spending enough time in the fresh air? Are your kids more likely to plant themselves in front of a screen rather than heading outdoors? If so, they may be at risk for nature-deficit disorder, which can contribute to obesity, depression, and attention difficulties in children. Fortunately, there are tons of fun ideas for getting your kids some outdoor time, whether you’re hitting a hiking trail, riding bikes, or just throwing the frisbee around in your backyard.

Here are some resources that can help, presented by

Why Kids Need Time Outdoors

Learn about nature-deficit disorder, its risks, and how children can overcome it.

What Is Nature-Deficit Disorder?

6 Negative Effects of Too Much Screen Time for Kids

How Nature Supports Teen Mental Health

Fighting Childhood Obesity with Outdoor Activities

Backyard Sports

Simply getting active in their backyard can give kids many opportunities to spend more time outdoors.

5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Start Playing Badminton

How to Play Kickball with Your Family

15 Frisbee Games for Kids

Learning in Nature

Head deeper into nature to enjoy all the benefits of being outside.

Storm Spotting for Children: At-Home Meteorology

Helpful Hints for Successful Bird Watching with Kids

Go Bug Hunting with Kids

Garden Basics: Teaching Nutrition in the Garden

Teach Your Kids to Track Animals on the Trail

Regardless of whether you homeschool your kids, you and your family can beat nature-deficit disorder with these fun outdoor activities. Not only will time in nature improve your children’s physical, mental, and emotional health, but more outdoor time can benefit your whole family.

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