Playing Outside

The Importance of Outdoor Activities

Benfits to playing outdoors

Children who play outdoors gain more independence, are at lower risk for obesity, have better mental and physical health, and tend to have stronger social networks of friends. This is a great opportunity to build a relationship with your child, and it's got lots of great benefits for you too! Healthy weight, better agility, and better lifestyles can be right around the corner if you spend more time outside playing with your child.

Games with Rules

As your child gets older, the games that they play will begin to have rules to follow for everyone playing. These rules help children to learn to cooperate with each other, how to compete, how to win and how to lose. Your child will learn why it is important to have rules and the best ways to decide on them.

Fun Activities to do together

Healthy and fun!

For More Information

Development Through the Lifespan by Laura E. Berk

Children's Play: a tool for Public Health Interventions by Anna Vitale, International Journal of Pediatric Obesity

American Academy of Pediatrics