The weather changes from warm and sunny to cold and ‘dreary’, which means that the children can’t go outside and play, right? WRONG! While yes, the weather isn’t the most desirable, it is still necessary for children to go outside and play in the winter months. There are a lot of real benefits for children when they play outside:
Builds up their immune system:
It’s no surprise that many children that are raised on, or around, a farm are generally healthier than those who aren’t. this is because on a regular basis, these children are exposed to first, animals, pets, bacteria and everything else that send modern-day parents running. While we like to think that dirt, animals, pests and bacteria do more harm than good it’s actually the opposite. When children come into contact with these things in a natural way (outside) and on a regular basis, they are less likely to develop autoimmune disorders and allergies.
Playing outside provides children with something many children don’t get enough of anymore- exercise! Exercising while having fun is the best kind of exercise, and that’s exactly what playing outside does. Riding bikes, playing at the park or the beach, rolling down grass hills and other outside activities get our children’s bodies moving… something that television and computer games can’t do.
Stimulates the imagination:
Sadly, one of the things that today’s children are lacking is creativity and imagination. This is because we’re in the technology age- today children are literally shown everything. Why go outside and go bird watching when you can watch a YouTube clip or movie? Playing outside helps children develop their imagination and creativity.
It promotes problem solving skills:
Children who play outside learn how to solve real life problems better than children who are always in their rooms or on the sofa at home. Regardless of if they’re learning how to get along with friends or trying to figure out the best way to build a fort- they’re problem solving.
It provides vitamin D:
It’s important that children get Vitamin D, which is provided by the sun. Vitamin D helps promote better moods, energy levels, memory, overall health and wellbeing. Just 10-15 minutes out in the sun will give your children their daily dose of Vitamin D.
It doesn’t matter if it is summer or winter outside, you children need everything listed above and playing outside is a great way to get them all at once! So buy yourselves a warm winter coat and get outside!