Between school, planned activities and extended use of screens (phones, tablets, TVs) children spend less and less time playing outdoors. This can negatively affect your baby’s mood, health, and long-term development.
Any exercise in the fresh air is good for children’s health. With more space to run and play, kids can burn excess calories and absorb sunlight, increasing the amount of vitamin D in their bodies. With just 15 minutes of sun exposure, our body can produce all the vitamin D we need throughout the day, which is used to support our immune system, regulate sleep cycles, and strengthen bones.
Playing outdoors can improve mental health – improve concentration, concentration, and mood. It also helps children pay attention longer and improves their attention. Children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) have fewer symptoms after spending time outdoors during the school day. Physical activity allows children to release their stored energy instead of being nervous, easily distracted and/or unhappy. The endorphin and dopamine rush that accompanies exercise improves mood and relieves stress.
Most children lead an organized and controlled life. Playing outdoors gives them freedom and independence. Playgrounds are places where children can play safely. Time without the direct supervision of an adult allows children to communicate in society, make their own decisions, and learn to play on their own. When children play outdoors, they often engage in sports or other group activities. It helps children communicate naturally and helps them develop the necessary social skills. Because it is a less intimidating and more diverse environment, children interact with different types of children than they normally see in their class.