Researchers have found that people with ADHD benefit from participating in regular activities while in nature. It can increase their attentiveness and reduce their hyperactivity. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, and you have a backyard, you may want to consider incorporating nature in their daily regimen. Here are a few ideas.
Grow a Butterfly Garden
Watching butterflies can have a calming effect on just about anyone, and your child will learn how caterpillars transform into butterflies. Gardening can also soothe the soul, making it an ideal activity for children with ADHD. First, you'll need to pick an ideal spot where the butterflies won't be exposed to prolonged, harsh sunlight and where they will be out of the wind. That way, their delicate wings will be protected.
The butterflies will need fresh water to drink and bathe in and areas where they can rest, such as smooth stones. You'll need to plant flowers that will give the butterflies nectar and host plants that will give the caterpillars food. A landscaping contractor can help you get started.
Create a nature walk through your backyard by installing a winding path with various activities and things to do along the way. Here are a few ideas:
Give your child a magnifying glass so they can get a close-up look at insects and worms when they go on their excursions. Invite their friends over and have them go on a scavenger hunt through the nature trail.
Since children with ADHD tend to focus better when outdoors, create a reading nook where your child can relax and read without feeling the constraints of four walls. A comfortable, weather-sturdy chair is ideal, of course, but consider building a chair right in the ground with pieces of cardboard constructed into the shape of a chair and filled with dirt. To help prevent sunburn, build this chair under the shade of a tree or install a trellis over the chair. Plant climbing vines or plants to cover the trellis for additional protection from the sun.
In conclusion, sit down with a landscaping contractor and give him or her your wish list. Make it a challenge to see how many different things can be incorporated into your backyard yet, at the same time, make it all come together cohesively without becoming an eyesore.
For more information, contact Advanced Landscape Solutions or a similar company.
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