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Outdoor Activities Important for Child’s Well Being

Mia Morales Nov 30, 2019
Tablets and screens are becoming a household staple and can be hard to pull a child away from. You may not have a yard or other safe outdoor play area near your home. Even though it can seem impossible, getting your kids up and out the door for at least 1-2 hours per day can significantly improve their health and well-being in various ways.

Increased Attention

Children who get regular time outdoors are generally more self-directed, curious, and can stick to an activity for a longer period of time. Most indoor tasks or games don’t require initiation from the child. Outdoor fun involves creativity, invention, social interaction, and organizational skills.

Builds Strength and Physical Health

Running, jumping, skipping, climbing, catching and throwing lead to the development of many motor skills and strengthen children’s muscles and bones. The natural landscape outdoors like water, sand, hills, snow offer strength building obstacles for kids of all ages. So, grab the flippers or kids snow boots and get playing!

Better Moods and Sleep

It’s known that fresh air, sunlight, and free play can drastically reduce stress levels in kids and adults. Unstructured play helps children express their creativity, display initiative, and develop positive behavior skills. Going outside to play can make kids happier and more confident. Being outdoors can also improve sleep.

Less Sick Visits

It may seem like the outdoors is full of harmful bacteria that can get your kids sick, but keeping your kids in contact with outdoor elements can actually help improve their immunity. Sunlight helps stimulate pineal gland which plays a big role in keeping the immune system healthy and functioning. Mild exposure to dirt can also increase immunity.

Improved Sensory Skills

Opportunity to learn through sensory experience is heightened when kids play outside. Smelling flowers, or sighting new animals for the first time are events that can boost the child’s sensory skills. Children who play outside regularly have better distance vision than kids who spend more time indoors.