When I think of all the time I spent outdoors as a child, I feel sad that many of today’s kids don’t have that same experience. Play dates are scheduled and lessons and sports activities take up a good part of the afterschool experience. Connecting to nature and the environment can have positive physical and mental benefits. Even in the dead of winter, you can connect a child to nature with kid’s books that celebrate the outdoors. Imaginations can flourish with a good read. All the better if you can pack a picnic and bring the reading adventure into nature.