Friday, August 19, 2011

Playing in nature benefits children's physical development

They go up.

They come down.

They run around and round. 

One of the benefits of getting out and about in nature with preschoolers is the opportunities that arise to develop and practice their physical skills.

They clamber over rocks; walk on different surfaces; balance on rocks; jump puddles; tread carefully; pull themselves up; lower themselves down; learn to assess risks and to overcome physical challenges.

Studies indicate that children who play regularly in nature show more advanced motor fitness, including coordination, balance and agility.

And, of course, its fun.

If you are interested in doing a bit more reading on the benefits of nature to physical development:

::: Around the Home: Playing Outdoors Can Supply a World of Benefits
::: Putting Nature back into Nurture:  The Benefits of Nature for Children

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