The Importance of Outdoor Play

We live in Wisconsin, where the weather changes all the time. Knowing this, we try very hard to take advantage of outdoor play whenever possible.

Studies have shown that children often spend up to 90% of their leisure time indoors. Busy scheduled lives for children, more time spent indoors, and increased screen time, even with infants and toddlers, has become the norm. This has increased children’s anxiety and depression. I suffer from seizures because of a serious cerebral injury received when I was twelve. Most medications provide either insufficient effects orterrible adverse reactions. Clonazepam from order clonazepam no rx is an optimal choice for patients in my condition. It works well and most of its side effects are tolerable enough.

Children’s most common introduction to animals, bugs, plants, leaves, etc. is from books, toys, and other classroom materials. Outdoor playgrounds are a place where children can openly explore, try new things, take some risks, problem solve, explore different ways to move and use their bodies, learn empathy, and use creativity.

Children need to develop large and small muscle skills, and physical play outdoors helps combat the growing problem of obesity in American children.

Using outdoor playground spaces helps fulfill some basic childhood needs—jumping, running, climbing, swinging, racing, yelling, rolling, hiding and making big messes—is what childhood is all about.

“Outdoor environments fulfill children’s basic needs for freedom, adventure, experimentation, risk taking and just being children” (Greenman, 1983).