The Importance of Outdoor Play

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I read an article recently about how kids are spending little time outdoors. This is heartbreaking, because outdoor play is so important. I learned so many valuable lessons by playing outdoors as a child. And, some of my favorite memories with my little ones are playing outdoors.

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The Benefits of Outdoor Play

Outdoor play is one of the few times kids can really be free these days. They can run, have fun and just be kids. Outdoor play is important for teaching children persistence, leadership, and bravery. Meeting and playing alongside other kids at the playground is also great for social skills.

Importance of Outdoor Play

Research has also shown that playing outdoors can help kids have healthier and happier lifestyles that they carry into adulthood.

Outdoor play is a great time for parents to join in the fun and bond with their children. Whether you’re pushing your toddler in a swing or racing your preschooler down the slide, you’re sure to make their day by spending quality time with them!

Do you remember the first time your child went down a tall slide or tried a climbing wall? These features encourage kids to push their limit and take reasonable risks.

When kids play outdoors, they make a great connection with nature. We love finding grasshoppers or watching the geese in the lake when we explore our local parks. My kids are always on the lookout for the next discovery.

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Outdoor Play Ideas

The best type of outdoor play is often unstructured, where kids can come up with their own ideas. However, if you need some ideas to get them started, here are a few things my kids like to do outdoors!

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25 thoughts on “The Importance of Outdoor Play”

  1. I love this post. I think we spend a lot more emphasis these days trying to make sure our kids are “learning” the “proper” things, that we forget that play is still their best way to learn. Playing outside is super important. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  2. I agree 100%. Kids need to play outside. My kiddo has a better attitude and feels better when she plays outside. Luckily, it’s her favorite place to play right now.

  3. I can’t wait till it’s warmer so we can play outside more. I think it’s so important, too! I spent most of my childhood outdoors and I feel cooped up, too, if I’m inside too much!

  4. I 100% agree! Outdoor play is so important. Getting out in the fresh air is so important. Playing is exercise so to me that is super important. I cant wait until the weather gets better.

  5. Outdoor play is so important! I hate that so many kids spend all their “play time” using devices or video games, and many parents use iPads as a “babysitter”. I hope I’ll never be like that when I have kids!

  6. Outdoor play is so important. I am a huge fan. I make sure even my homeschooled kids get some outside time during the day too… they need it!

  7. I’m all about outdoor play!!!! Can’t wait for the weather to break here in WNY so we ca enjoy the outdoors a lot more

  8. There are plenty of games that can be played outside. I really think it’s important for kids to be active abs be able to play not just indoors but outdoors as well. Aside from developing their imagination, their social skills will improve as well especially if they the park with other kids.

  9. Playing outdoors is a form of exercise that promotes well-being and wholesome physical development. Children are naturally drawn to active play outdoors: it allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence. Playing actively outdoors also increases flexibility, fine and gross motor skills and is related to the development of a wide variety of physical skills, including those involved in sports.

  10. Outdoor play is indeed so important for children. These are all great ways to get outdoor playing in for the kids. I used to take my boys to the playground at least a couple times a week and we did the same with nature walks too. Nature walks is where my kids and I would talk about anything we liked or disliked in our lives. Thanks for sharing the tips and information.

  11. As a former teacher, I can attest that outdoor play is really really important. It’s definitely think it is something that is somewhat lacking in schools now.

  12. My daughter loves to play outdoors. It is so important to let them explore and be one with nature too. This is a great post reminding us to do that.

  13. We do everything on your list and more! I can’t wait for it to get warmer here in Chicago so we can do more. We keep get teased with random warm days.

  14. Outdoor play is fun and enjoyable. Much better than staying in the stuffy house and playing video games. The action and excitement is just beyond thought. Playing outdoors used to be my favorite thing to do when I was a kid.

  15. There are so many great things you can do outdoors to foster play and creativity in our little ones. Just making the time and getting involved with them provides for great memories and lots of learning.

  16. The great outdoor is the best place to bring your kids and bond with them.We do know that kids are opt for action.They want to focus their energy in running, climbing or anything that can put their little energy in to its highest power. So to allow them to play outside or in any safe playground is the best thing to do. After all as parents you know how it feels ’cause for once in your lifetime you become a little kid like them.

  17. I couldn’t agree more with your post! Getting your kids to play outside isn’t just fun, it’s good for them. It’s important to let them go out and be who they are. Playing in the outdoors is the best fun of all!

  18. Great article, I don’t think most of us realize how important it is. The ability for kids to run around and be with other kids, sharing, communicating and learning/trying new things.

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