“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks” John Muir
During our childhood, we as kids playing outside was a normal phenomenon. Indulging in outdoor sports or going for a normal walk with parents every evening to the nearby park with our mom and dad was always looked forward to.
The line between our work life and personal life has been blurred tremendously over the last decade or so. Likewise, our children live has also been clouded covered under the roof
From playing on phones to watching television to indoor activities, children seem to be spending more and more time indoors and safe environments with poor adaptation towards mother earth! There’s no denying what the statistics show: Today’s kids are swapping actively; they are digitally much more aware than offline tasks whether its a game cartoons or active on WhatsApp status !hahaha, outdoor play for a more sedentary lifestyle that is having serious consequences for their health and overall well-being.
Nowadays most of us are working parents, we don’t have the practice to play with our children or to follow the ritual of park activity as we enjoyed in our childhood
The digital market has made an option for the parents to make them busy with something while they finish other things
Research shows us that many of the fundamental tasks that children must achieve, such as, exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and the absorption of vast amounts of basic knowledge, can be most effectively learned through outdoor play 1
For example, when children move over, under, through, beside, and near objects and others, the child better grasps the meaning of these prepositions and geometry concepts. When children are given the opportunity to physically demonstrate action words as stomp, pounce, stalk or slither, or descriptive words such as smooth, strong, gentle, or enormous, word comprehension are immediate and long-lasting.
Can you imagine sometimes developmental reflexes are not aged appropriately for some toddlers, but by making them explore the different types of activities for indoor as well as outdoor children will understand and adapt to the environment!
“They grow by learning, exploring, experimenting not by leaning on the bed”
Children with special needs parents need to be extraordinary in terms of learning as it's important to make them learn from stimuli and to respond!
Outdoor active play can be intensely stimulating and creates opportunities for children to learn about and develop self-control.
Research has shown that popular children are more likely to engage in high levels of physical play with peers. Unpopular children, on the other hand, seem to experience difficulty with the intensity of physical play and often become overstimulated and "out-of-control".
Social deprivation, depression, poor cognitive, and perceptual abilities are declining day by day as children are not being exposed to the environment at the right age when the age goes. The problem and difficulties start arousing.
Getting children outside more benefits the children not only physically, but also allows the brain to recharge which, should produce greater results academically, socially, and cognitively.2
According to research, there is one consistent observation that stands out among the studies of energy expenditures in young children: those under the age of 7 seem to expend about 20 to 30 percent less energy in physical activity than the level recommended by the World Health Organization. The Children’s Activity and Movement in Preschools Study (CHAMPS) determined that children enrolled in preschools took part in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) during only 3.4 percent of the preschool day. Getting children outside more benefits the children not only physically, but also allows the brain to recharge which, should produce greater results academically, socially, and cognitively. 3
Outdoor Play helps to an Infant in the following ways
Children experience fewer and fewer opportunities to explore nature, run, roll, climb, and swing and because outdoor play is part of being a child, we must find a variety of ways to provide quality outdoor play experiences.
“Let them Play, Let them Explore, Let them Create and Let them Integrate “!