Playing outside gives your child the chance to explore the natural environment and have adventures. She can play favourite games, test her physical limits, express herself and build her self-confidence.
Outside play can also mean more mess – and more mess often means more fun!
When your child is outside, he probably has more space and freedom for big movements, like running, jumping, kicking and throwing. Physical activities like these are good for his health, fitness and physical development.
Spending time outdoors might lower your child’s chances of being short-sighted. And a bit of safe play in the sun can be good too – small amounts of sunlight exposure can help boost vitamin D levels. Outdoor play helps your baby learn about different surroundings, and can make him feel more comfortable with the world around him. Some ideas for outdoor play with your baby include:
• tummy time on a blanket or towel
• crawling on grass, under outdoor furniture or through old boxes
• watching trees move and listening to birds
• looking at different coloured cars, street signs or traffic light signals.
Raising Children Network Editorial Team (2015). Outdoor Play, Why outdoor play is important. Raising Children [Online]. Available: http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/outdoor_play.html [February 13, 2015]