Disturbingly, a new study has found that almost half of preschool age children don't play outside each day. Furthermore, the children in the study were found to be sedentary 80% of the time they are at preschool.
Why does this matter? Quite simply, outdoor play is good for children.
The benefits of outdoor play are well documented, and include:
- increasing physical activity
- increasing the body's vitamin D levels
- reducing anxiety and improving mood
- improving concentration and focus
- enhancing imaginative and creative play
- promoting problem solving and leadership skills
- growing the next generation of stewards for the earth
- developing stronger immune systems
Less time spent playing outdoors is linked to:
- type II diabetes and high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- anxiety disorders and depression
- attention deficit disorder
There has never been a more important time for parents and educators to make outdoor play a priority for the children in their lives. It is one of the best things that we can do for their health, education and well-being.
In need of some outdoor play inspiration?
- 50 things to do before the age of 12
- Outdoor Play Ideas on Playopedia
- Nature and Outdoor Play Ideas from The Grass Stain Guru
- Fun Ideas for Outdoor Play from Play 4 Life
- Fabulous Ideas for Outdoor Play from Nurture Store
- Ideas for Outdoor Play from Squigglemum
- The Outdoor Play Party hosted by The Golden Gleam, Mama Peapod, Greening Sam and Avery and Learning for Life.
So what are you waiting for? Grab the kids and head on outside to play!