Why Outdoor Play Is Crucial For Children


As a parent, I'm always looking for ways to get my kids outside and active. But it's not just about helping them build their muscles or feeling like I've accomplished something by participating in some kind of sport with them. It's also about providing an environment where they can explore and learn new things, make new friends and grow their imaginations. So if you want your children to develop into healthy, happy adults who love spending time outdoors then read on!

Sunlight helps the body manufacture vitamin D, which is crucial for healthy bones and a strong immune system.

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for children. It helps the body absorb calcium, which is crucial for building strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D also plays an important role in muscle function, as well as immunity and mental health.

The main way that we get vitamin D is through exposure to sunlight; however, many children are getting less sunlight than they need due to indoor playtime and sunscreen use (which blocks UV rays).

Playing close to nature improves children's physical fitness, motor skills and ability to concentrate.

Playing close to nature improves children's physical fitness, motor skills and ability to concentrate.

Children learn to climb, balance and jump. They develop their fine motor skills as they run through the grass or around tree trunks. They learn how to be more active, which can help prevent obesity later in life. They also become more aware of their surroundings and thus become more comfortable with nature than children who spend most of their time indoors.

Playing outdoors helps children develop a stronger sense of self-esteem because they feel capable when facing challenges that arise while playing outside with friends or alone; this confidence will carry over into other areas of life such as schoolwork and sports activities later on down the road too!

Playing outside reduces stress.

Enrolling your child in an outdoor play class or choosing to spend more time outside together will help them stay active, which is important because childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels. Exercising regularly helps kids develop strong muscles and bones, improves their cardiovascular health (which gives them more energy), and reduces stress.

When kids are playing outside they are focusing on the present moment instead of worrying about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow. By moving their bodies and working through difficult situations (like climbing a tree) children learn how to deal with disappointment and frustration, build confidence in themselves and others, understand fear as a normal feeling we all experience sometimes but isn't something that can be avoided completely so learning how to handle it is essential for healthy development into adulthood

Time spent outdoors boosts creativity and imagination.

  • Outdoor play can help children learn to think creatively.
  • Children who spend time outdoors are more likely to be creative, according to a study by the National Trust in the UK. The trust found that over two-thirds of adults remembered playing outside as children, but only one in 20 children surveyed said they played outdoors every day. This is bad news for today's kids—research shows that playing outside helps children develop their imaginations and can even improve their mental health.
  • Creative thinking is a skill that can be developed by parents and teachers alike; it involves making connections between different ideas or objects, which can often lead to greater problem solving skills down the road. If your child doesn't have many opportunities for free play at home or school outside the classroom (we hope this isn't true!), then encourage them to stretch their imagination by engaging with nature whenever possible—and if you're able hold onto any old clothes from when you were young yourself!

Outdoor play builds confidence and self-esteem.

  • Playing outside helps children develop confidence.
  • When kids play outside, they're learning to be independent.
  • Playing with others is an important part of being self-sufficient.
  • Kids learn how to solve problems through outdoor play.

Outdoor play helps children burn calories, which can help prevent obesity.

So, you might be wondering why playing outside would help children burn calories. Well, it's simple: the more active children are, the more calories they'll burn. And burning more calories helps them stay healthy and fit.

When kids play outdoors, they can enjoy all kinds of physical activity—and that includes running around and climbing trees! These activities will help them stay strong by strengthening their muscles as well as improving their balance and coordination over time.

Outdoor play also has mental benefits for children too! When kids spend hours indoors staring at screens or watching TV instead of getting fresh air and being active outside in nature, it can negatively affect their mental health because being in natural settings is linked with feeling happier overall due to the combination of physical activities (burns those extra calories!) along with exposure to sunlight (which helps produce Vitamin D).

Outdoor play teaches cooperation and conflict resolution skills.

Outdoor play teaches cooperation and conflict resolution skills. Children learn how to work together and achieve a common goal, as well as how to share and compromise. They also learn how to effectively communicate with each other, develop social skills, and resolve conflicts peacefully.

Being outdoors gives kids a break from technology, which can help them focus more on active activities.

One of the best things about kids being outdoors is that they don't have access to technology. With no electronic devices or television, kids are forced to be active and spend time in nature. Studies have shown that children who spend more time outside are more likely to be physically active than those who do not. They also tend to have fewer behavioural issues, better mental health and are less likely to develop obesity later in life.

The lack of technology in outdoor play can also help your child focus on learning new things instead of getting distracted by video games or social media accounts. Without anything else distracting them from real life experiences like playing with their friends outside, kids will be able to concentrate better while they're engaged in a physical activity such as climbing trees or running through sprinklers!


We hope we’ve convinced you that spending time outdoors is important for kids, but if not, just think of it this way: If your child is healthier, happier and more well-adjusted than their peers, then that means you’re doing something right! 

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