jessica September 10, 2018

Playing outdoor games can be a brilliant way to enhance learning abilities in kids. They may learn important life lessons and skills, develop a problem-solving attitude, get to explore nature, acquire new information and an elementary understanding of science. Moreover, it is learning done through play which can be the best form of learning.

Outdoor play keeps kids active and provides a means to increase their physical stamina and fitness, strengthen their muscles and bones, build immunity, lower the risk of many diseases like diabetes, heart problems, obesity and promote overall better health. Being in the fresh air and sunshine can naturally provide them with the essential vitamin D whose deficiency may cause Rickets. Being exposed to electronic gadgets for long durations can impair a kid’s vision. Outdoor play has proven to improve a child’s overall eyesight.

Kids may learn to interact effectively with other kids while playing outdoor games in contrast to kids who remain indoors and often become isolated and withdrawn. They may be forced to give up their shells, approach different children, make new friends, take turns to play without adult supervision thereby acquiring social and communication skills in the bargain.

Children who play outdoors tend to develop a positive attitude and have a calmer and happier disposition. Also, outdoor play provides a great opportunity to channelize kid’s natural energy in a meaningful way.

Outdoor play aids in positively developing the personality of a kid. They learn to be independent and self-reliant. They learn to deal with situations on their own, handle emergencies, negotiate setbacks and unfamiliar conditions, sans adult supervision which may instil confidence and make them better equipped to tackle life situations later on. They also learn qualities like discipline, sportsmanship, and team spirit.

Playing outdoor games helps to improve the mental faculties of kids. It aids in expanding their attention span, improves their concentration and focus, intensifies their observational and reasoning skills. Kids with (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) have also shown remarkable progress in their attention spans while playing outdoors.

Kids who productively involve in outdoor games are more likely to lead a well- balanced and healthy lifestyle later in their adulthood. They have good decision-making abilities. They learn to challenge themselves and push their limitations thus becoming better at risk assessment.

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