Vickroy: Reminder to parents: Kids need nature

My kidsJulia Segvich loves to catch butterflies.

“I like the birds and the sun, too,” the 5-year-old Orland Park girl said.

Her favorite thing about attending Farm & Nature Discovery Preschool at the Children’s Farm in Palos Park, however, is the lamb.

“It’s so cute, but I’m kind of afraid to get too close,” she said.

Youngsters who attend one of several local preschools that emphasize outdoor exploration are the lucky ones, their teachers say.

They buck the norm because they play outside.

“Go outside and play” used to be a ubiquitous phrase. That was back when Red Rover, pickup baseball and transforming a wooded lot into a magical forest were common pastimes for packs of curious kids.

Full story of kids physical activity at South Town Star

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