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June /July

Spring is in the air summer is as well. The days are getting longer and the birds are merrily chirping. It is the time of year when everyone feels rejuvenated. We begin our spring cleaning and start making plans for our annual summer vacations and outdoor play takes on a new meaning. Exposing outdoor play to children of all ages is very beneficial. Children engage in more active play when they are outside, as opposed to inside. Active kids are healthy kids, and outdoor activities are especially healthy and fun! Nature directly and positively complements a child’s learning processes and wellbeing. Nature is equipped for every child’s learning style. The outdoors is the very best place for children to practice and master emerging physical skills. It is in the outdoors that children can fully and freely experience motor skills like running, leaping jumping, throwing and catching. Children can also master manipulative skills such as pushing a swing, pulling a wagon, and lifting and carrying movable objects.

Outdoor play is vital, because it:
  • Develops stronger immune systems
  • Increases physical activity
  • Reduces anxiety and improves moods
  • Improves concentration and focus
  • Enhances curiosity, imaginative and creative play
  • Gives kids a chance to burn off energy
  • Helps kids learn to interact with and understand the natural world
  • Offers a chance for more social interaction with peers 
  • Boosts children’s confidence as they learn new things.
  • Helps to build a strong link between physical health and outdoor play at a young age
  • Helps to develop their powers of observation and to take risks

Children need the freedom to take risks in play because it allows them to continually test the limits of their physical, intellectual and emotional development. Play opportunities involving risk introduce excitement and challenges for children to test their skills and try new activities. They gain mastery and a sense of accomplishment, thus further encouraging themselves to face new challenges. Furthermore, risk-taking supports the development of self-confidence, creative abilities, and the development of responsible attitudes/risk judgments

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Hopscotch Home Daycare Agency
Tel: 289.466.1111*

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