Outdoor enrichment can provide children with bountiful opportunities to explore their surroundings and find their place in this big world. By being outdoors, children also get to experience different types of weather and can better learn how to identify a variety of natural elements around them. With fun activities like sports, gardening, and exploration of their play area, children can obtain advanced motor skills, better general health, improved muscle strength, and more! And that’s just physically! There’s also the Vitamin D factor that helps support muscles, nerves, and the immune system. Outdoor enrichment is just as good for the mind and soul as it is for the body. Children can learn how to communicate better with their peers, boost their self-confidence and self-awareness, and perhaps most importantly, gain a deeper appreciation for the environment.
By participating in sports, children are given the opportunity to cultivate teamwork and good sportsmanship, which can then be directly translated into the classroom. Sports also provide a physical health outlet for children, which can teach them how to create and maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Additionally, they can gain motor skills by training and completing various sport specific tasks such as catching, throwing, passing, balancing, running, kicking, jumping, and more. Lastly, team sports can massively aid in a child’s psychosocial development, which becomes increasingly more important as they begin to interact with the larger world and encounter new experiences.
What are the benefits of kids getting to experience an activity like gardening?
- Watching something grow and progress through different stages of life.
- Nurturing something to grow to its full potential.
- Actively using patience when waiting for results.
What are the benefits of kids getting to experience an outdoor playscape?
- Playscape considers and incorporates the wider environment
- Playscape broadens the opportunities for unstructured play, getting children to think outside of the box when it comes to having fun