Importance of Outdoor Play

Importance of Outdoor Play
With the invention and arrival of the digital age and the Internet, the necessity of outdoor play is more important than ever. This not only applies to young children, but also to persons of all ages.

Good Place To Be

According to the staff of the Chelwood Nursery School, "Outdoors is where children want to be," and that everyone has an innate desire to spend some time outside and away from a confined indoor environment.

Social Skills

In an outside setting children quickly find a need to communicate back and forth with each other, which helps develop social skills. This behavior becomes an aid in exploring the new environment, not just from the child's own viewpoint, but also with the input from another pair of eyes.

Physical Action

Outdoor play requires physical action, which is essential for a growing child and creates a sense of self esteem. Physical action also helps the body maintain muscular function.

Three Dimensional Space

Movement is a requirement of outdoor activity, which forces children to be more aware of their environs and three dimensional space. Movement is also beneficial for adults in many of the same ways.

Exploratory Impulse

Both children and adults have an inherent need to explore new territory and take on some inherent risks. Outdoor play fulfills both of these needs in a safe way.

Article Written By Henri Bauholz

Henri Bauholz is a professional writer covering a variety of topics, including hiking, camping, foreign travel and nature. He has written travel articles for several online publications and his travels have taken him all over the world, from Mexico to Latin America and across the Atlantic to Europe.

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