Dave Bauer’s first book, “What’s Under That Rock, Papa?”, is a wonderfully illustrated, interactive story for children to experience with an adult. Dave’s understanding of backyard nature leads children and adults on a journey of discovery and insight. Dave has a unique perspective into the wonder of how children learn.
What Are We Calling “Creative Nature Play”
A child-centered experience in nature.
His/her natural curiosity initiates the adventure
An adult is often nearby to share the experience
Settings might include: backyards, parks, sidewalks, schoolyards, playgrounds, ponds, creeks, woods
Who Are We Talking About?
Why is Creative Nature Play Important for Children and Adults?
Harvard University biologist, Edward O. Wilson, proposed a theory called “Biophilia”: that humans are instinctively drawn towards their natural surroundings.
The average American child is said to spend 4 to 7 minutes a day playing outdoors, and over 7 hours a day in front of a screen.
Kids who play outside have richer cognitive capacities, increasing episodes of happiness, and greater insight.
Time in unstructured nature play builds confidence, fosters greater creativity and imagination.