Parents have many fears which make them minimize their children to play outside. For example, fear of children gets sick by virus or perhaps because of the higher risk in bringing children to play outside the home.

From a teacher’s perspective, today’s children tend to spend a lot of time indoors. They are entertained by television, smartphones, or other sophisticated games. This is different when we look back at the past where children enjoyed running, playing with friends, and exploring their surroundings.

Playing outside the home brings many positive effects. Here are three examples of positive benefits children can get when playing outdoor. These also can affect the child’s development process in the future in a good way.

1. Build and Maintain Children’s Physical Health 

When children play outside, they are exposed to sunlight. Sun exposure helps the body stimulate the production of vitamin D. Vitamins play a role in children’s bone development and immune system.

Furthermore, getting enough sun exposure every day will help your child have consistent sleep patterns and build a good mood. It happens because the body works well when we get enough sunlight every day.

Even so, parents still need to pay attention to children’s time during playing outside when exposed to the sun to avoid the child’s skin burns due to prolonged exposure to the sun (sunburn).

2. Improve Social skills and Exploration

Playing 1. outside helps children learn to socialize with others. When they can play outside with their friends, they learn how to take turns, share, and develop other positive behavioral skills.

In addition, they will also explore and learn about the world around them and use their abilities. Their ability to explore is increasingly trained and they learn to use their thinking naturally. Breathing fresh air and exploring outdoor play can also improve children’s mood.

3. Teach Children Appreciate More about Nature

When children only spend time indoors with computers, televisions, or other gadgets, they tend to have less respect for the nature around them.

Therefore, playing outside is important to attract children’s attention to the richness and diversity of nature that surrounds them. The outside environment will offer many things that can attract children’s attention.

They can explore grass, rocks, flowers, soil, etc. with their curiosity so that they can play with things they find outside. The use of natural elements in children’s play also enables children’s thinking to be creative. They think of ways to play with the natural elements surrounds them. Being outside allows them to practice this important life skill.

Outdoor play gives children the opportunity to experience their environment using their senses. There are still many benefits that you can find when giving children time to play outside the home. Give your child opportunities to spend their time playing outside and exploring things around!

May 9, 2021

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