Many doctors emphasize the importance of children spending time outdoors since, among other advantages, it boosts the child’s creativity, autonomy, and social relationships. Modern life, however, seems to conspire against this need: the shortage of parks and open areas in cities, the lack of time for parents – who work many hours a day – as well as the development of video games every time More attractions contribute to children tend to spend a lot of time indoors. These activities, in addition, usually encourage the sedentary habits of the little ones. And that is something to avoid.
Games in open spaces stimulate children’s creativity.
The game outdoors provides benefits to the child in the psychological and mental level of the child, although they may not always be obvious. These activities require children to think creatively, stimulate their curiosity, and force them to make decisions and solve difficulties through their imagination.
In general, the house, and even public spaces for games, such as toy libraries or playgrounds, are organized. In nature, however, the child faces an open space, where he has to set the limits for his games and activities himself, with his creativity and imagination.
Nature provides the child also the opportunity to have social interactions with other small quality of your age or the like. Many children, especially those without siblings, need to leave the home environment to bond with other peers; and start having contacts and relationships with them.
Newborns need to walk outdoors.
Children can enjoy the outdoors almost since they are born. A medical report prepared by the Joint Commission of Pediatrics of Area 10 of the Hospital of Getafe, in Madrid, concludes that newborns can go for a walk since they arrive home, which “constitutes a stimulus for the development of the child.”
This group of pediatricians recommends, however, that in winter, the outings with the neonates are during “sunny hours”; and with the warm baby. On the contrary, in summer the walks must be carried out during the less hot hours, and with the small number of clothes.
The outdoors promotes the autonomy of the child
As the child grows up, the child should try to develop a taste for active leisure activities: being in contact with the outdoors and nature will allow him to experience the five senses.
Walking – or crawling – on the grass, feeling different textures, smells, temperatures as well as hearing the different sounds of nature, provide the baby with a knowledge of the world that will stimulate his abilities, perceptions, and imagination. That way, the child will develop their own games; and, therefore, developing their autonomy.
Physical activity also allows children to release endorphins, so they relax and combat their anxiety. That is, outdoor activities help improve the mood of children. In addition, it makes them tired, and at night they can sleep better.