Today, children are busy playing video games, watching television and using computers. However, these activities limit their horizon, hindering them from exploring what’s outside their home or classroom. So, if you have children or you’re working in a daycare centre, make sure to encourage them to go outside and provide them the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Perth sunshine.
Despite the downturn of outdoor games in our modern society, they are still important in children for a number of health and developmental reasons.
Why Fresh Air is Beneficial
The most obvious and arguably the most important aspect of playing outside is that it gives children fresh air and wide spaces to run around and have fun in. While this may not seem to have great benefits, outside exposure and playing in an active way has been linked to the prevention of health problems such as asthma and obesity.
Not just the air itself, but the active nature of running around outside plays a vital role in the healthy physical development of the child, bolstering their muscle strength, stamina and balance. Of course, proper safety has to be taught to children, especially when they play on the street, to avoid accidents.
Another benefit to outdoor play is that it fosters social connection and skills. Without the distraction of television or video games, children naturally learn to use their imagination to play and interact with the other children. In a day care setting, children learn to make friends with their peer groups which will stay with them as they go to a Perth school.
In addition, by interacting with others, your child can improve his or her communication skills, which is essential in social settings. This can also boost your little one’s confidence and can be carried on until he or she gets older.
The Great Outdoors
Outdoor play is important for every child because it promotes physical health and social development. With the advent of technology, we do not see many children enjoying the outdoors. However, learning does not just take place in the classroom alone; if you restrict your child from going outside, then he or she may miss some learning benefits.
At Cuddles Childcare Centres, we encourage outdoor and nature play. Do you want to learn more about our services in Perth? Call our St. James centre at +61 (08) 9358 4673, Carlisle centre at +61 (08) 9472 4702 and Bertram centre at +61 (08) 9419 1844.