Playing outside can benefit your child’s early development. It can also help with physical strength and health. And, it can help develop a positive attitude toward exercise and being outdoors.
And there are even more reasons why your child should be playing outside.
Good Motor Skills
Playing outside gives your child the opportunity to improve motor skills such as coordination, agility, and balance. There are many different elements, such as sand, grass, and harsh weather, that can make outdoor activities more challenging. Your child can crawl under bushes, climb trees, and ride bikes or scooters. All of these activities help improve and advance your child’s motor skills.
More Muscle Strength
When your child is riding a bike or climbing on a playground, they have to use their muscles to hold themselves and run around. Staying active will help your child use different muscle groups they may not use indoors. Your child’s muscle strength will grow as a result, making it easier over time for them to participate in all activities.
If your child is playing outside, they have to be aware of all their surroundings. They are able to throw a ball or swing on the monkey bars freely. But, they will become more aware of who is around them by playing outdoors. They will understand how to become aware of their space so they do not throw a ball at someone by accident or swing into another child.
Making New Friends
When you go to a public park, chances are there will be other children there. Your child will be able to interact with other children and adults, creating new friendships. They will also learn about teamwork, since many outdoor activities require that. And, they will learn how to be patient with others as they wait their turn for the slide or teach others how to play a new game.
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