So many good things happen when kids go outside and play. Not only are they naturally more active, but they develop a greater sense of independence, they come into contact with nature which sparks their imaginations, and they develop social skills as they interact with other children in both structured and unstructured play settings. And it’s good for adults too! Recent studies point to the mental and physical benefits of being active outdoors and having regular contact with nature. Try it and you’ll feel better all around.
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Helpful Healthy Habits
Mix in Some Outside
The seasons will influence your ability to do this, but as you set goals to eat healthier, play every day and get together more often, perhaps you could work towards tohose goals while going outside. Doing so will give you the added benefits of the outdoors. You'll be able to feel the difference!
Protect the Right to Play
More children than ever are involved in scheduled, structured activities. School, sports and the arts call out for their time and attention. Children also benefit greatly from unstructured play. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, free play helps children grow and develop toward important intellectual, emotional and social milestones along their journey toward healthy teen and adult years. As parents, what better way to connect and spend quality time with your family, and where better to do it than outside?
Introduce Children to Nature
A growing body of research is pointing to the fact that time spent in contact with nature is good for everyone, but that it is particularly important to the healthy development of children. Nature engages all of the senses, helps children develop curiosity and creativity, reduces stress and fosters a sense of wonder and a desire to explore and learn. Children who spend time in nature are also more likely to develop a lifelong sense of connection to and concern for the environment.