9 Amazing Health Benefits of Outdoor Play for Children
You can have great fun outdoors with your children, no matter the season. While the weather is pleasant, we all love spending time outdoors enjoying sunshine and nature.
I feel the same here.
As busy parents, have you ever noticed what kind of health benefits you feel while playing outdoors with your kids?
Today, we’re going to learn 9 amazing health benefits of outdoor play for children.
Benefit 1: Physical Health
Why do people need physical activity or exercise?
Simple! “It’s good for our health.”
You have likely experienced your own health improving after participating in a consistent exercise routine. You feel better about yourself, sleep better and more deeply, move around more easily, have stronger muscles and bones, and much more.
It’s the same for your children. Kids are naturally included to play outdoors since infancy. Going out somewhere usually distracted their attention when they were upset.
When children are old enough to participate in active play outside, you realize that engaging in physical activities outdoors not only helps them release excess energy but also sets the stage for an active lifestyle in their adult years.
In order to protect their eyes, and keep them from staying glued to the TV, I encourage my two nephews, James & Jerry, to play outside often.
I like taking them running and biking in the playground or children’s park. Their muscle coordination and sense of balance have improved a lot when compared to the period that had less outdoor activities.
Besides this, vitamin D is absorbed from the sun while we’re outside. I have one health App on my phone, and I record how much vitamin D our bodies absorb while playing outdoors.
Benefit 2: Improved Behavior
From the moment your child was born, he has been part of the family. He has grown up in your family environment and is constantly learning from you.
When starting your parenting journey, one of the biggest challenges every parent faces is managing difficult or defiant behavior on the part of children — whether they’re refusing to have dinner you prepared, of behaving poorly in public.
Behavior management needs to be learned by most new parents. Playing outdoors with your kids creates an opportunity for you to spend quality time with your child. Watch their behavior when they are playing alone, or playing with other children.
If you see bad behavior, correct and redirect to positive behavior at the right time. Don’t speak harshly to them — that’s important. Instead, use humorous ways to correct them. That will be much easier to accept by your children.
Outdoor actives can help your children get into another new environment. Be understanding when they are nervous because they are trying something for the first time, and encourage them to make it and keep trying.
Plus, choosing a parent training program might be an idea to help you learn more efficient parenting techniques.
Why not check out your local social platforms and see if you can find a parents training program and check out what kinds of course, they will teach.
If this doesn’t fit into your busy schedule, try to connect with other parents who have experience but are also looking for help and support.
I know some wonderful Moms and Dads who really care about children’s personal development and have real experience raising children. Here are some references in the UK:
- Mom Laura Summer, website: laurasummers.co.uk
- Mom Becky O’Haire, website: cuddlefairy.com
- Mom Jenny Leonard, website: thebrickcastle.com
- Mom Jaymee Heaton, website: themumdiaries.co.uk
- Emma Jones, website: readyfreddiego.com
- Dad Mark Yates, website: bigmaninthewoods.co.uk
- Mom Laura Breslin, website: themammafairy.com
From what I have gathered from these websites, these parents put a lot of heart into their families. There are many things you and I can learn from them. Follow them on social media in order to continue to learn from their experiences.
I am a fast learner and can learn almost anything as long as I put my heart into committing to it.
I saw a quote somewhere online — opening a company is easy, keeping it open is an art. It’s the same with family — raising children is an art. Outdoor activities improve your children’s behavior with consistent effort and patience.
Benefit 3. Increased Creativity
Your child’s education stretches far beyond what they can learn at school. Often, more important learning comes from the environment where he or she lives and plays.
Playing outdoors with your kids allows them to see more things happening in their lives, and may inspire them to create things on their own. Playing outdoors with your child also gives them the chance to get creative in all sorts of new ways you can’t find inside.
Kids can see beautiful and creative things that we cannot see from their small viewpoint. When I take my nephews to play on the beach, they were digging in the sand and forming a castle, shapes of towers, a tunnel and much more.
They even taught me to dig the sand into several roads and “drive” the cars on the “roads” in the sand. It’s imagination role play. It’s fun and we enjoy that creativity very much, coming from a child’s viewpoint.