Outdoor Play Benefits for Preschoolers

4-5 Year Olds

By the time your child reaches preschool and Kindergarten age they’re already becoming quite independent.

They are more likely dressing themselves with very little parental assistance and some preschoolers even choose the outfits they like to wear.

They also engage themselves in more independent play by either entertaining themselves or playing with siblings or friends close to their own age.

Some of the benefits for outdoor play for 3 to 5 year olds include:

Improved Socialization Skills 

Engaging with others in outdoor play often requires your child to take turns, share their toys and to negotiate what and how they’re going to play.

These are all great and important lessons that will help your child learn the socialization skills they will be using for the rest of their lives.

Calming Effect 

Studies show that when children spend time outside they are calmer and more relaxed.

This can lead to better sleep habits and improved behavior. Children who feel calmer also are able to concentrate for longer periods of time and overall tend to be more cheerful.

Stronger Body And Mind 

Kids who play outdoors have more opportunity to run, jump, tumble and even roll, all of which helps strengthen their body physically.

On top of that, exercising outside also helps improve your child’s thinking and early reasoning skills.

Exploration Of Nature

Spending time out in nature allows your child to explore nature’s bounty such as different plants, insects, clouds, weather conditions and rocks.

This helps them learn first-hand about nature and the world around them.

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