When your children continually spend time outside and play active games, they increase their flexibility, motor skills and physical skills too.
We know that kids need to spend time outside for them to get in their daily recommended exercise but what you may not know is that being outside and having fun is vital for a child’s development too.
When your children continually spend time outside and play active games, they increase their flexibility, motor skills and physical skills too. We know that physical activity is vital for emotional well-being and mental health, but it is also important for kids’ brain development.
Physical exercise and activity give children an opportunity to have fun by swinging, jumping and running which also gives them a window to the outside beauty. A little fresh air and wandering around in nature is great for kids.
By playing outside all kiddies use their muscles to balance, push themselves and coordinate their bodies. It is these experiences that teach children how to understand their bodies, their abilities and how to stop doing something when they are tired. Also, the art of playing builds children’s social skills and how to make friends which are so important for their social skills and mental well-being. A simple game with friends gets kids working together and having fun which is a perfect learning environment for young kids.
Of course, playing inside can be good too and playing cards, peek a boo and indoor activities like puzzles are good too but nothing benefits a child more than an outdoor activity. Play is all about having fun and not being overly strict about what they play or how they do it. It is about impulsive behaviour and learning how to have fun without regimes or rules.
It is crucial for children to enjoy the process and know that everything they need to play is within their grasp. There is no fancy equipment required though kids do love bikes, skates and balls. However, the reality is a child’s imagination is huge and therefore, play can be without anything at all except friends coming together.
Play is known to increase brain development and stimulate growth as it ensures kids use their brain more and improves their personal abilities. They become more aware of emotions and it increases their empathy towards others while building resilience too.
The immediate benefits are important, fitness, physical health and mental well-being. Physical health is something all parents need to be aware of especially in the digital age when kids are more confined indoors with technology devices.
Technology is fun too, but it has a place and no amount of gaming can replace the benefits of outdoor play and spending time with friends. As parents, it is vital we encourage our children to have a love of going outdoors more than staying inside. It shouldn’t bother kids when it rains or when it is cold as kids don’t generally mind if they are inspired by fun and games.
Playing cannot become something children don’t enjoy as without it we face youths who lack social skills, physical abilities and coordination skills too. Get the kids outside and get them to play with the pals for the sake of their development.
Emma Hayes is a thirty-something mum of two girls aged 16 and 10, planting her right into the teenage and tween-age years! Follow her on Twitter at @EmmaHayes25.