It’s that time of year, where the days are getting longer, the birds are chirping, and things are beginning to turn green! Spring is right around the corner, and that means it is time for good, old-fashioned, outdoor fun. Here at Rainbow Child Care Center, we recognize that there is so much to experience during this season. Children can take part in many hands on activities; helping them grow in all areas of development. The outdoors is the perfect place for children to work on improving their physical development, social skills, and cognition, as well as building a better understanding of the world around them. It is a freeing place where children can be who or what they want and there are limited boundaries. Outdoor environments fulfill children’s basic needs for freedom, adventure, experimentation, risk-taking, and just being children.
As a parent, you may try to keep your child indoors because you worry about the germs they could pick up during outdoor exploration. Outdoor play is very beneficial for children and oddly enough, research shows that the air indoors is actually more likely to promote asthma than being outside (Epstein, 2001). For families who live in big cities, it may seem like there are limited outdoor explorations choices due to safety concerns. Child safety is very important, so is playing outside. If you are nervous about whether or not your child will be safe, take the time to join them in an outdoor activity.
Outdoor Activities to consider doing with your child: