“Shinrin-yoku” is a Japanese term that translates as “forest bathing” and describes immersing oneself in a forest environment in order to experience the healing effects of Mother Nature at her best. It is believed that the trees themselves emit natural aromatherapeutic benefits from the essential oils in the woods that are inhaled over an extended period, causing an actual "magic in the air."
Outdoor Sculpture: Try sorting fallen leaves by color. If you're leafless, stack stones in towers, or arrange sticks on the ground in spirals and swirls. When your child's masterpiece is complete, take a photo, then leave the art to surprise the next nature lover who comes along. (Blog we love: This leaf project is from lilfishstudios.com, where Lisa Jordan shares her family's adventures in the woods of Minnesota.)