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The Importance of Outdoor Play

Outdoor Play – Important not only for children’s physical development but also for their mental well-being.

Children are spending too much time on screen nowadays. Screens in the form of IPad, phones, and television seem to be doing babysitting for parents. This trend can have severe effects on children’s overall development.

It’s important for parents and early years practitioners to take children away from the screen and provide opportunities for outdoor play in all weathers. Outdoors have several benefits. It supports children’s gross motor development and helps them to build strong bones and good fitness levels. Playing outdoor also provide opportunities for making friends, risk-taking and emotional development. Outdoor activities such as climbing trees, approaching higher slides or racing can enable children to make decisions and judgments by themselves.  It gives them great senses of achievement if they have succeeded in something they have tried. Outdoor also provided opportunities to explore the natural world.

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