How Outdoor Play Can Affect and Improve a Child’s Growth and Development

playingIn today’s modern connected world, dominated by family schedules, arranged Skype business meetings, emails and educational expectations, it can be difficult to find the time to simply spend a day outside with your children.

Giving children the chance to interact with the environment around them, instead of spending time focused on their studies allows them time to sit and think for themselves.

It should come as no surprise to many parents that ‘fresh air’ does a whole lot of good to any child, particularly one that might seem overworked or overburdened by school and homework schedules. It is also incredibly important for children to explore their local natural environment, to get a first-hand idea of the wonder of nature and its importance to our own ecosystem.

Forest Schools

Recently, forest schools have been cropping up around the country, a type of school which takes learning outside and into the wilderness. Children are given lessons based on identifying different plant and bird species, hold group exercises about building their own shelter, and are taught about the importance of keeping a natural environmental balance. All these lessons are important to the continued growth and welfare of our children, but in our quest for academic progress, lessons on our natural surroundings seem to have fallen by the wayside.

Try seeing how an ‘outside’ lesson could differ from one in the classroom. You never know where it might take you and your pupils!