Playing outdoors is good for children.
Organized sports and activities are great, but young children also need plenty of free, unstructured outdoor time. Research shows that kids who get plenty of outdoor free play:
- Are better able to play with other children and work things out with them.
- Experience healthier weight.
- Have fewer problems with hyperactivity and are better able to pay attention.
- Experience less stress than other children their age.
- Score higher on standardized tests.
“Did you know that children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out of doors?”
(Burdette & Whitaker, 2005)
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