Importance of Outdoor Play

When children get comfortable with tablets and phones, they tend to become physically less active, get distracted easily with less attention span. This might even have an impact on their self-esteem and confidence.

Time to make them put away those electronic devices for good—this is the period in their lives which will leave an indelible impression—let the kids out to play!

Ever since we were kids, our parents would try to push us out of the door to play outside whenever they see us glued to the television watching cartoons. Although we find ourselves resistant to this at first, but enjoyment comes as soon as we start to play under the sun and interact with other children.

Being outside is actually uplifting and is very beneficial for children.

Outdoor play helps on all 5 areas of child development. 🄰

Children interact with the environment and people in it when they play, boosting their development in these 5 areas:

  • Cognitive Development
    The ability to learn and solve problems.
  • Social and Emotional Development
    The ability to interact with others, including helping themselves and self-control.
  • Speech and Language Development
    The ability to both understand and use language.
  • Fine Motor Skill Development
    The ability to use small muscles, specifically their hands and fingers.
  • Gross Motor Skill Development
    The ability to use large muscles.

It enhances academic performance. 🄱

Outdoor play cultivates curiosity and wonderment, increasing children’s ability to engage in the arts, science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. In a 2010 National Wildlife Federation report, 78 percent of teachers said they believe that children who spend regular time in unstructured outdoor play have more concentration and perform better in the classroom—and that outdoor time leads to higher standardized test scores.

Playing outside is a booster to their mental and physical health. 🄲

Sun exposure also plays a role to make vitamin D, a vitamin that plays a crucial role in many body processes such as bone and our immune system development while improving sleep quality and mood. Experts say if children were given time and freedom outdoors, there would be a dramatic shift in their stress levels, self-esteem, self-regulation and overall happiness. With the children having active play outdoors, they are sure to get a good amount of time exercising too!

The Nurtury, is one childcare centre that believes and promotes outdoor play and learning at their centre in Halswell, Christchurch, New Zealand. The childcare centre boasts of wide open spaces and a sheltered gymnasium to promote the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of the children in their care.

Guided by a team of qualified, professional and caring early-childhood teachers, every energetic young one will be having a great time at The Nurtury.

Another plus point at The Nurtury is the warm and nourishing food they serve to the children direct from their certified kitchen. This ensures that every child in this beautiful childcare centre has the energy to engage in the outdoor activities that are planned for them.

The Nurtury is open from Monday to Friday, 7am to 5.30pm. Come on down to their centre for a look-see, they will be happy to welcome you.
For more information or enquiries, please visit their website, call +64 03 349 4028 or email to manager@thenurtury.co.nz.

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