Source : http://www.back2nature.ca/two-boys-in-the-foreground-and-one-girl-in-the-background-playin/
Nature is as pure as children. As untouched as it can be and the possibility of becoming an explorer. Imagine the fish in a tank or let’s say, an aquarium. In that entire 3-6 years of age, the fish never gets to explore the world but the enclosed tank. She stops exploring. She stops living.
Spending time outside give them the real teaching of the Nature of the world. After spending hours at school under supervision, these kids need time with themselves where they can explore, recreate, use and develop their personality skills in terms of personal awareness. It is utmost important for every parent to let their child be themselves and explore the infinite Nature and its resources so that the real world teaches them how to act fearlessly and use resources.
This is how it helps in the overall development of your child:
Language: Have you ever called out anyone’s name or your name loudly in a park or from the top of a hill? Been a long time? Outside there are no boundaries and no one to supervise. They can go the loudest, free to imagine whatever they are thinking. In the attempt of sharing what they have explored or created, they tend to develop unique voices and sooner or later – part of their personalities.
De-stress: In this day and age, like adults kids undergo stress. To relive the stress, playgrounds and the outside world becomes an important part. Letting them play outside is a fun way to relax and helps break the effects of studying long hours.
Stronger: With all that running around that you child does in the playground, takes sunlight, fresh air, and the soothing chirping of birds and rattling of leaves – it makes your child calm. They burn excess energy and in return build strong muscles.
Problem-solving Abilities: When your kids play outside, they tend to make their own rules. They compromise, they fight and rebuild purposes. Games like basketball, Frisbee, stick, cricket and many more make you understand the boundaries and always an option to recreate them. They learn to wait.
Say no to boredom: Kids need to recognize the difference between day and night time. In the evening, they tend to get bored and boredom can be hazardous. Let them occupy their mind outside so that they can be an explorer. Throw balls. Push kids on swings. Make mud pies. Go on a hike around the neighbourhood. Take a nature walk in your backyard.
Focus: Don’t we all just love science? Then we know that as adults use exercise to unwind and renew energy, kids do the same. The sunlight helps in creating dopamine and ensuring a steady circadian rhythm. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that leads to positive feelings, while the circadian rhythm governs natural sleep cycles.
So, what are we waiting for? We want more explorers!
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