We have all the key ingredients at our fingertips:
Kids at home: eager and curious
Sunshine: it comes and goes
Rain: or a watering can or hose
Dirt: even if you don’t have a garden space (or way more shade than sun like I do) you can probably find a container and buy a bag (or a few bags) of $2.00 soil.
These are difficult times for many people, children and adults alike. Soil is soothing for the soul. Get the kids digging in dirt. For an added bonus, throw in a few seeds or plants (flowers, vegetables or herbs) and watch them grow. The satisfaction and sense of accomplishment is beyond words. And you get something of beauty or a tasty bite from Mother Earth as a bonus. Do not underestimate the benefits of planting or just playing in dirt for (and with) kids. No need to be a Master Gardener. Just dig!
Grounding or Earthing is a phenomenon that has been making waves for several years now. Whether or not this idea is for you, there is no mistake that being in nature, walking in bare feet and feeling the earth beneath us is very healing AND costs little more than a good bar of soap. Nonetheless there have been numerous studies proving the benefits of being in nature so this should not be dismissed without consideration or taken lightly.