Outdoor play is such an important part of childhood and one that is often overlooked. Children are naturally drawn to being outside but the amount of outdoor play that children get is declining year on year. My own children are 6 and 3 years old, they love spending time outdoors. When I’m not in a tent, at the beach or exploring the woods, you’ll find me sharing our adventures and ideas for outdoor play on my blog, The Ladybirds’ Adventures. First let me tell you some of the many benefits of outdoor play so that you understand why you should be getting your kids outside.
1. It helps increase physical fitness and reduces levels of childhood obesity
Playing outside gives children the space and freedom to run, climb, jump and much more. All of these are fantastic gross motor activities which are so important for kids’ development. Physical activity also helps reduce childhood obesity, although other factors such as diet can also contribute.