Outdoor activities should be a part of every child’s daily routine. Outdoor activities have long-term health benefits as it not only increases your stamina but also enhances physical development in a child. It will also help in stimulating blood cells and develop the kid’s senses. Here, we will explore the importance of outdoor activities and the various benefits it has on your child’s overall personality.
The Play Strategy for Scotland 2013 says – ‘Open space allows children to be physically active and challenge themselves so they sleep and eat well and form healthy habits that will stay with them for life. ’Daytime exposure of kids to light enhances night-time sleep in six to twelve week old infants. This relationship between sunshine, fresh air and better sleep of babies has been conducted in a study.
The most amazing part is how fresh air can bring a huge difference to your child’s sleep especially on grumpy days or if he is feeling grizzly at home. Other than that, going outside will help your child meet new friends and exercise. Parents can also participate with their babies in long walks with children tied to them in slings or buggies.
Learn and grow with nature
The constant changing nature of outdoors helps in developing a baby’s senses. It is a stimulating experience for babies while growing up. The children who gain appreciation and knowledge while growing up with nature develop greater sense of environmental awareness. If you can collect and bring things home such as twigs, stones, or leaves, it will enhance in creating happy memories for child.
This will make him in awe of the outdoor and make him aware of shapes, colors, textures and so on. He can be taught to use the items creatively for decoration or to make a picture or just store them in a jar. Treks and nature camps are a good way to learn about nature and science. Try doing several activities with nature like planting trees, gardening, grooming flowers, going to nature exhibitions etc. All this will help them understand nature much better and know its importance.
Outdoor activities will keep your kids healthy and fit in the long run. The kids can fight their illness by being active in their daily lives. They will not face problems like obesity or heart ailments later. They will feel hungry and have meals on time. Better sleep is guaranteed, as they will also be exhausted by the end of the day.
Induce a competitive spirit in your kid
When the kid plays outdoors, he tries to participate and perform loads of activities like climbing, running, jumping, throwing, and so on. When a kid plays some game and wins in it, it will develop the sense of achievement and winning spirit in him. This is a great self-esteem and confidence booster helping him to master his competency skills.
Learn group work
The kids meet new friends when playing outdoors. They learn to interact in groups and adjust with kids who have different temperament. This helps them to learn various building strategies to win which will develop them professionally and personally for future.
The kids feel a sense of freedom when playing outdoors as they can have their way. Parents are usually lenient and kids feel the urge to discover themselves more. Kids feel energetic and are constantly pushing their limits to explore more.
Learning social skills
As kids engage in a lot of interactions and physical movements with other kids, they develop social skills. They learn to be friendly and work well in groups with others and develop leadership skills. The not only learn to co-operate over friendship, but also the bond between kids increases.
Utilize urban spaces
Although not everyone has access to natural spaces outside but you can still manage to find some place for your kids. There need not be a huge playground or woodland near your house but the neighborhood will have facilities for your children to enjoy. Parks and open spaces are available for free to every local in the area and is a great playground for kids. If you do not have enough space, think of new ways to make it useful. For example, you can watch the clouds, count the birds flying or look at the airplane flying above your head. In addition, playing outside gives you more time to spend with your kids.
If you switch off your phones and laptops and take your children out, it serves as a great therapy for kids. They grow better when they get all the attention they deserve.
Embracing new risks
A parent can have many fears when their children play outside. For example, traffic, personal safety on roads, changing weather and so on. The balance between encouraging something new for your child and his safety has a thin line of difference. It is essential to ask yourself as a parent the following question before starting any new activity: Will the child gain anything from doing this? What kind of risks will the child face? How can I mitigate those risks? If you know that the risks involved are avoidable, unlikely to happen or can be handled with some changes, then you should allow your child to enjoy his play.
Once you are outside with your kid and do not know what to do next, then you need to keep it simple. It can be awkward for some parents to be in the nature, all of a sudden. The right thing to do now is go back to your childhood memories and give ideas to your kid to play. Also, there are no set parameters when playing outdoors.
Hence, we see that being outside is a great way for kids to explore the world and have a positive impact on their personal growth. The child enjoys the freedom to run, jump, shout, skip, and hop and what not. So go out and explore.