Physical activities play a very import role in children’s mental and physical development. Now days most of the children are involves in indoor play specially video games, using computer and watching TV. Parents should encourage the children for outdoor play for widen their horizon. Children learn about relationships with peers, adults, and the world around them through physical games
There are so many advantages of outdoor activities and different games like:
- Development of their skills by achieving different tasks
- Exploring the world
- Risk-taking, perfect motor development
- Development of social skills
- Make them feel relaxed
- Physical, social and emotional development
There are some examples of outdoor play or entertainment such as Ball games in the local park, walk or cycle ride, Using a skate park, Exploring the beach e.g. swimming, fossil hunting, stone skimming. You can also entertain your children with different range of outdoor games such as throwing a ball into a bucket and varying the distance, sack races, Parachute games, Running around, Catching games, Kicking and throwing using a soft ball, Running and stopping and hitting a soft ball. Either it’s cycling or other type of activities parents should properly supervise the children and make sure they are having all safety accessories according to the activities.
Benefits of outdoor activities in the light of some studies
- Children who play regularly in natural environments show more advanced motor fitness, including coordination, balance and liveliness, and they are sick less often (Grahn, et al. 1997, Fjortoft & Sageie 2001).
- When children play in natural environments, their play is more varied with creative activities that promote language and mutual skills (Moore & Wong 1997, Taylor, et al. 1998, Fjortoft 2000).
- Exposure to natural environments improves children’s cognitive growth by improving their responsiveness, analysis and observational skills (Pyle 2002).
- Nature helps children to expand powers of surveillance and imagination (Crain 2001).
- Outdoor environments are important to children’s development of independence and self-sufficiency (Bartlett 1996).
- Play in outdoor environments stimulates all aspects of children development more than indoor environments (Moore & Wong 1997).
- Outdoors, a child learns on multiple levels with each new adventure (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005).
Parents should support their children for the outdoor games. Make sure that area where they are playing is clear from any hazardous debris or any other things that may harm your child. If you take your children to a park, stay close enough to keep an eye on them. These things give them confidence and make a good and strong personality.