Do you remember playing outdoors a lot when you were a child? Things like being with friends, looking for bugs, riding your bike, or walking through puddles? For many people the best childhood memories are of being outdoors.
You probably didn’t know it when you were young, but playing outdoors helps build healthy bodies and minds. Being out in nature and with other children while playing outdoors helps your child:
Children naturally want to play outdoors. Being outdoors gives your child the chance to jump, run, climb, swing, balance, and roll. The outdoors allows for a place to be creative, practice skills, and explore! Your child can connect with nature by exploring playgrounds, throwing rocks into streams, jumping through tall grass, or inventing new games. When your child is outside, they’ll usually find many ways to play.
Here are some tips to encourage outdoor play.
Playing outdoors is enjoyed by people of all ages and is a great way to enjoy fresh air, and be more active.
Current as of: August 31, 2020
Author: Healthy Children and Families, Alberta Health Services
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