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Why Outdoor Play is Very Important For Kids

by Mrs. Heffalump


Outdoor Play

Seth is playing video games. Karen is watching Tinkerbelle stories on her mom’s ipad. Brian is playing on the computer. So what’s wrong you may ask. Well they are all doing an activity but they are all doing them indoors. Sadly this is very common in our modern society.

There are many reasons for this so called ‘trend’.

  1. Lack of time – because preschoolers lead such an adult like lifestyle and parents themselves have so little time to actually take their children outdoors and play with them or let alone let the children go out and be able to watch over them and supervise them.
  2. Safety – I cannot understand why some parents are so reluctant to allow their children the freedom to play outdoors when these parents as children may have had soo much of playtime outdoors.
  3. Being over protective – we all love our children and do not want them to get hurt but not allowing them to run and telling tem ‘ IF YOU RUN YOU WILL FALL AND GET HURT’ instills fear in them does not help them overcome any anxieties they have.

As parents we must always encourage them to do new things and help them do them instead of stopping them or restricting them. (Of course, I don’t mean to let them touch a snake if they see one or jump into pool just because they love water)

Why is playtime important and how does it help your childs development?


Play helps children develop their speech and language and also helps with their listening skills.

Talking to themselves whether alone or with a sibling or a parent using their imagination is very exciting for a parent to hear. (I know I am. I love listening to him during playtime)

Cognitive development

Imaginary play helps children with their brain development.

According to research children who have higher imagination have higher intellectual interaction with others.

Example– children who watch hours of television only see moving pictures in front of them. They do not have an opportunity to act out what they see or do any activity. They are in one place. That’s why playtime even as a one or two month old is very vital and doctors and researchers strongly say not to keep your child in front of the television for hours at end. Apart from television causing delays in speech it can cause delays in mobility as well.


By playing with peers and their parents children learn how they should interact with each other

Why is outdoor play important

How I absolutely love these words. From my experience as a teacher I can guarantee that children are naturally drawn towards running and leaping and playing outdoors. The freedom collecting stones and leaves smelling flowers, spotting squirrels and discovering tiny creatures and some not so tiny creatures at times: it allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination and gain self-confidence. It is what we would call promoting a wholesome physical development. They use their entire body when they play outdoors. It is interesting as well as challenging.

In short it allows them to:

  • Explore the environment
  • Develop muscle strength and coordination
  • Gain self -confidence.
  • Flexibility
  • Interaction with other children
  • Playing together

Children learn free movement such as jumping ad throwing a ball and catching. They can ride a swing or push a swing. Slide, climb and carry or lift moving object.

The fresh air and sunlight is vital for the immune system and makes us feel happier.

You don’t need a lot to make a child happy and letting them play outside is one of them!

Mrs Heffalump is a Mom of one lovely little boy and would love a whole battalion of sons around the whole house! She loves love loves doing art & crafts, is an absolute control freak and can be slightly OCD. Mrs Heffalump is also a qualified Montessori Teacher, has her Diploma In Child Psychology , A British Council Approved Teacher and was working in a leading International School.


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