Benefits of Outdoor Play for young children

Did you know that half of children surveyed in 2008 could not tell the difference between a wasp and a bee? According to the National Trust, ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ is common in today’s device-dependent age and it’s clear that children aren’t playing outside as much as they should.

There are two fundamental reasons why outdoor play is critical for young children. Firstly, many of the developmental tasks that children must achieve—exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and the absorption of vast amounts of basic knowledge—can be most effectively learned through outdoor play. Secondly, modern culture is taking outdoor play away from young children through excessive TV and computer use and academic standards that push and stretch our children taking time away from outdoor play.

Here at Norman Court we are blessed with the kind of space children dream of. Hills to roll down, woodland to explore, fields to run through and trees to climb. Utilising our unique location and setting we are able to offer adventures to remember, a chance to discover your inner explorer and create unforgettable memories and experiences.

So, to promote Norman Courts belief in outdoor play and activities, we’ve compiled a list of benefits for your child.

  1. HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Children above the age of one require 10 milligrams of vitamin D per day. The biggest source of vitamin D during March and September can be found outside. This means that whilst playing outdoors, your child can absorb all the nutrients they need from direct sunlight.

Additionally, outdoor play is proven to improve mental health and encourage children to exercise more freely in a non-restrictive way.

  1. CREATIVITY AND MENTAL STIMULATION

Children need lots of opportunities outside to develop basic social skills and social competencies: pushing each other on the swing, pulling a wagon carrying another child, playing together in the sand, and so on. Clearly, physical play, constructive play, and sociodramatic play also involve social play, especially if the equipment encourages the engagement of more than one child. Projects such as gardening, observing the weather in a separate science area, and having a picnic can be—and should be—social activities.

 

  1. OUTDOOR PLAY IS FUN!

At the end of the day, your child’s primary concern is having as much fun as possible. Being cooped up inside all day doesn’t provide your child with fresh air, extensive exercise or the freedom to socialise and interact with nature.

That’s why we believe in incorporating outdoor play, activities and education into our nursery curriculum. At Norman Court we have 46 acres for the children to play out in safely so they can explore the world and wildlife around them. Why not contact us on 01980 322322 or email milly.pearson@norman-court.org to find out more.

 

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