Friday, January 2, 2009

The Importance of Outdoor Play

Stash away the video games, turn the TV off and encourage our kids for some outdoor play. We had a good share of that growing up, but in this digital age, kids have more options for indoor activities. And less time or interest to venture outside.

A little nudge from Mom might go a long way.

Playing outdoors teaches kids to be proactive, it can reduce the risk of infections and help kids develop immunity to certain diseases. As a core part of their development, outdoor interaction can also enhance their motor and sensory skills.

Giving them this chance to meet and play with other kids can be emotionally rewarding, with kids picking up life lessons along the way.