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  • Writer's pictureJustice Esiri

The Advantages of Outdoor Play for Kids

Just as sound sleep is of high necessity to little kids as they grow, so also is outdoor play. Most parents fail to recognize the importance of allowing children to play outside, whether through coordinated play activities or random play with their peers. This is one of the main reasons why most nursery and primary schools have a playground.

Children nowadays spend an average of seven hours a day staring at their electronics and live sedentary lifestyles that are detrimental to their growth and overall health. Some parents cringe when they see their children caked in dirt or quiver at the thought of their children injuring themselves but don’t realise they are indirectly jeopardising them.

As parents or guardians, we want our children to be mentally, physically, and emotionally active. It's never too late to expose your children to the outside world and all its advantages that encompass emotional, physical, and social perks discussed below.

  • Outdoor Play Reduces Chances of Obesity

One of the most visible benefits of children spending more time outside is the reduction in their Body Mass Index (BMI). You can help your children's health by involving them in outdoor activities regularly. The more time your kids spend outside playing, the more calories they burn, which keeps their BMI from rising too high.

  • Outdoor Play Enhances Muscle Strength and Motor Skills

Children who are constantly engaged in outdoor activities are more coordinated and agile than those who live a sedentary lifestyle. Outdoors, children have plenty of room to run, jump, swing, ride bikes, and so on. These activities necessitate agility, coordination, and balance, which develop over time. Swings can help young children develop their muscles. The outdoor activities are more like their personal gym for children.

  • Through Outdoor Play, Children form Bonds with Nature.

Spending more time outside exposes your children to natural scenery and a healthy way of life. Children can climb trees, watch the sunset, plant trees, and catch insects; these experiences help them appreciate nature's wonders. Because they understand the value of nature, they grow up to be environmentally conscious and more likely to protect the environment from harm.

  • Outdoor Play Develop Child Independence

Little children are in the formative years of their lives, and they must learn the act of independence from the start. As they handle things on their own, their confidence grows, as do their independence and autonomy. They'll see firsthand the consequences of their actions and different approaches to completing a task.

  • Outdoor Play Can Help Prevent Myopia!

Children who play outside have better distance vision than those who play inside. Children need a break from indoor activities like reading and being glued to electronic devices. This limits children's use of only two senses (sight and hearing), which can result in health issues such as myopia. Outdoor activities allow them to use their other senses while also relieving eye strain.

  • Outdoor Play Aids Brain Development and Creativity

Spending time outside has more benefits than good health, it also helps to rejuvenate the mind. While playing outside, your child's eyes are exposed to various natural scenes and wonders, which helps to develop their imaginative skills. They get to see how people handle tasks in the open field or go about their daily lives, and it sticks with them in case they find themselves in similar situations in the future.

  • Outdoor Play Improves Social Skills and Communication

Being outside allows your child to interact with other children and eventually communicate with them, which can be beneficial if they are shy. Over time, this invariably improves their social and communication skills. In this present time and rapidly changing world, you would want your children to develop good social skills.

At Kid Services, we understand the importance of outdoor activities in the development of young children. Our experienced babysitters and nannies are available to cater to the needs of your child while enjoying the natural beauty of the world. Additionally, we provide a live tracking service for added security so you can rest assured that your children are in safe hands.


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