This is the age where children spend more time in front of the TV or computer rather than indulging in the good old reliable outdoor play. It is not only the advances in technology that has somehow encouraged this set-up but also the dangerous times we are living in which has tempted many parents to confine their children’s play within the boundaries of their home. Having said this, a child’s development and well-being is detrimentally affected by the absence of any form of outdoor play.
Studies have shown how important it is to let our children experience the joy and freedom of playing outside. Outdoor play performs a key role in the physical, social and emotional development of a child. No fancy and expensive equipments are needed to reap its benefits.
The mere act of being outdoors offers unequaled health benefits that can only be possible through proximity to nature. There is the vitamin obtained from proper exposure to sunlight and the opportunity to be physically active as a way of avoiding certain diseases resulting from inactivity. Exercise results to stronger bones and muscles as well as a healthy weight ideal for children. Outdoor play also encourages socialization with other people that is critical if we want our children to grow into well-rounded adults. Imaginations have the chance to be stretched far beyond the level offered by fictional characters of computer games and TV shows. Real people and situations allow children to develop logical thinking, ability to reason and learn important lessons that have to be experienced. Many studies would show that children who are given the chance to play outside are much happier than those who solely rely in indoor entertainment.
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