Why Should Children Play Outdoors?

In today’s technology-driven times it is common to find more and more kids glued to the television and their gadgets. But most of us know that playing out doors should be a vital part of every kid’s growing up years with its many benefits.

The Benefits

Playing outdoors promotes well-being and physical development. It is a wonderful way to not just increase your children’s muscle strength and coordination but also help them gain self-confidence, flexibility and boost creativity. Moreover, report says kids who play actively outdoors tend to develop more positive attitude – having a calmer and happier disposition. It also encourages them to bond and love nature at such an early age.

Ways to get kids to go outside

1. Lead by example. Take your kids and a few of their friends to a park, creek, or lake.
2. Have your kids spend less time watching TV or using the computer.
3. Tell them it’s okay to get wet, dirty, and messy.
4. Give them more outside independence. Watch them cooperate and interact with each other and the natural environment.

Children have a great need for physical exercise and activity. Give them a chance to use their muscles to run, swing, jump, skate and ride a bike, and to be out in the fresh air and sunshine. They like to use their whole body when they play outdoors (so make sure your kid is dressed for the weather) and find such physical activities interesting and challenging.

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