As your children learn and grow, they need new and exciting ways to support development. These days it’s harder for kids to make the most of the great outdoors. Far too often, kids are given tablets or smartphones, before they’ve really learnt how to make the fun themselves. Children still have huge imaginations, so it’s important to nurture these. Getting outdoors is one of the key ways we can help children have fun, learn and form friendships.
Here are the benefits of outdoor play for your little one.
If children are given more space, they will move a lot more. Children still want to run around and jump on things, but if they are stuck indoors, they don’t get much of a chance to really stay active. When outdoors, children burn more calories which helps to prevent obesity and ensure they have strong bones and muscles. Furthermore, they learn physical skills such as growth, movement and coordination through jumping, skipping, climbing and balancing. These will hugely help with gross motor development. Lastly, being outdoors in the sunshine helps increase their intake of Vitamin D.
Playing outdoors enables children to develop independence, either by playing with other children or by themselves. Outdoor play areas with climbing frames, slides and dens enable children to create imaginary worlds with their peers and push their boundaries. While some playgrounds come with bigger risks, it’s important for kids to learn their boundaries and know how hard they can push themselves. Some play areas can really help kids face their fears so that they know they can do whatever they put their minds towards. I’m sure many of us remember a moment when we finally conquered our fears and did something that scared us. That feeling will stay with your child forever.
Kids are able to improve their happiness and mood by being outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine are known to reduce stress levels and give them a break from any stress in their lives, whether at school or home. Even when it isn’t sunny, playing outdoors is still great for kids. Children can learn about the weather and seasons and enjoy splashing in puddles. They are also able to learn about plants and wildlife and watch as their plants grow throughout the year.
Looking for quality daycare that emphasises the importance of outdoor play areas? Little Acorns Day Nursery in Eastleigh and Hedge End is the one for you. Get in touch to learn more about how our nurseries incorporate play and outdoor spaces into daily life.