BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR PLAY AND ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
You've probably heard about the benefits of nature and outdoor play for children. According to the National Wildlife Federation, outdoor play boosts fitness and decreases the risk of childhood obesity; increases focus and academic achievement; and reduces stress and increases feelings of well-being.
As a provider of early childhood education and child care, we understand and agree with all these findings. While less tangible and quantifiable, the "fun" value of being outdoors can also be beneficial to children, particularly when they can share that fun with a beloved adult.
Conservationist Rachel Carson wrote, "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." We think she's onto something there. Below are a few simple outdoor activities for kids that can help nurture a love of the natural world within your child. Outdoor Activities for Kids of All Ages Infants and Toddlers
Offer safe spaces for babies to crawl, walk, and explore, such as a variety of textured surfaces (e.g. grass, sand, or dirt). Point out and label birds, squirrels, insects and plants.
Toddlers are at a vantage point to observe things that we adults often miss. A simple walk around the neighborhood with the family can open a whole world to them if we simply slow down. Make time to explore with toddlers, keeping in mind the journey, not the destination. How many plants and insects can you find? How many different textures or sensations can you discover?
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