Friday, May 25, 2012

Why hike No. 14: Encouraging creativity

Is your child bored all of the time? Can’t seem to think about anything but what was shown on movies, television shows or computer games? Constantly says “There’s nothing to do”?

Your child probably could use a little imagination boost so he can grow in the creative department. After all, there’s a whole lot of exciting things to do out there – write stories, paint pictures, make up songs, build stuff …

To provide that boost to your child’s creative juices, take him on a hike.

Indeed, a March 2001 study found that just four days spent in the backcountry resulted in a 40 percent increase in kids’ front lobe activity – that’s the part of the brain linked to creativity. The study examined Outward Bound students.

So what are waiting for? Hit the trail today! (What, you have to work today? C’mon, get creative – there must be a way to get out of it!)

Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.