• Justice 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.