While a playground might seem like the perfect place for kids to “play” it’s also a great teaching tool in disguise. Why do you ask? Playgrounds help children develop skills like leadership, teamwork, perseverance, and where they build valuable social relationships. They’re also a ton of fun! So why is outdoor play important? Read on for more details, plus a few creative outdoor play ideas.
Why is Outdoor Play Important?
This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Playing outdoors provides kids space to burn energy and exercise on their terms. To run free, and be loud….to laugh, be creative, and be imaginative. Young children learn to master physical skills like running, climbing, balance, and more. Outside play offers more than physical benefits, but cognitive and social benefits too. While children are enjoying the outdoors, they’re building communication skills and vocabulary.
It’s a great big world out there, and kids can truly appreciate the beauty around them. They can watch butterflies and birds, smell flowers, hear a train or plane, touch a bug or plant. Being outside allows children the opportunity to expand upon their senses, to grow, and learn. It also helps build their immune systems!
Watch this inspiring video titled: “For A Better Tomorrow, We Play Today” by Landscape Structures.
Outdoor Play Ideas
- Take them on a nature walk. Before heading outdoors, create a list together of fun things you might see on a nature walk, then cross them off your list as you find them. Will you find a 3 point leaf, a slimy bug, or a smooth rock?
- Find an open area and create an obstacle course for your children and their friends. Use old tires, boxes, and other items to make it fun!
- Grab some chalk and bean bags for tic tac toe or hopscotch.
- Water paint, water balloons, and water tables always make for hours of fun outdoors.
Landscape Structures has partnered with University of Minnesota’s Institute of Childhood Development to research how play helps develop the whole child by creating leaders, encouraging collaboration, and teaching the values of problem solving. Do you have a Landscape Structures playground near you? We have one just a few miles from our home that the boys enjoy playing at. I hope this post has encouraged you and your children to get outdoors and play!