With spring finally here and the weather warming up, we are all eager to get outside and enjoy nature. It can be important for us all, but it is also especially important for your kids. In a day filled with new technology and screens for your children to stare at, spending some time in the great outdoors can help them in many ways.
There has been a focus on childhood obesity in our nation, and rightly so. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past thirty years, and quadrupled in adolescents. Encouraging your children to go outside and burn some calories can really help their health, and if they are young, their physical development.
Being outside for young kids also encourages exploration and imagination. A lack of agenda or planned activities can lead to them using their minds to invent their own games. If with friends, kids will also learn a lot about social cues and customs, communication, and developing relationships. Kids will also naturally learn about the environment while outdoors, which can give them a healthy appreciation for nature. All the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures will help them learn and develop in other ways as well.
They may need a little prodding from their parents to leave the video games and iPad for the fresh air and exploration but once they start they will make it a routine. Taking a hike with your kids, playing sports, using bubbles and sidewalk chalk are all ways to encourage your kids to get outside, enjoy the weather and the great outdoors!