Numerous people consider technology as the best way to expand a child’s learning potential. Computers, video games, and other electronics can play a vital role in learning and the educational process. Using technology has a major drawback; most of the electronic devices require the children to be indoors. Many overlook the value of outdoor play on a child’s development.
Benefits of Outdoor Time
an excessive amount time in front of computer screen or television may be
unhealthy to a child’s development. Children benefit from outdoor time in a
variety of ways. As parents, you may not recognize the valuable effect of
outdoor time on your child’s learning potential.
time gives children a chance to master a variety of fine and large motor
skills. Being indoors does not promote the value of physical activity on a
child’s health. At a playground, children love to run, jump, leap, climb and
explore the various types of equipment. Achieving exercise during play can help
decrease child obesity and other health related issues. At the same time, the
simple process of going for a walk can inspire natural curiosity about the
as little as a 15-minute timeframe in the outdoors can turn into an educational
experience. Children love to learn about the world around them. For example,
pointing out a plant or flower can inspire gardening, horticultural, ecology,
and environmental activities. The curious learning will be able to continue
building on the one simple outdoor activity.
will increase communication skills. As children explore an outdoor area, they
communicate with adults and other children in the group. Sharing outdoor time
with peers is a great way to expand communication skills by inventing imaginary
play, developing leadership roles or simply talking about the environment.
Along with communicating with others, the experience can increase vocabulary by
learning the correct names of items found outdoors.
outdoors encourages children to interact with each other. When indoors children
often remain in specific areas of interest, the result may include many
children not interacting with peers. Being outdoors, the restrictive space is
not an issue. Children are given a chance to run, play and join activities with
others. Increasing valuable social interaction helps children develop
leadership skills, learn social rules and engage activities.
time inspires creativity. A child can imagine all sorts of worlds, scenarios,
and made-up games by being outdoors. The natural environment becomes a place to
stimulate young imaginations. The process can help inspire later activities and
Learning and participating in an
outdoor environment is beneficial to your child’s social, cognitive, and
physical development. As a parent or guardian, if you would like more
information on how outdoor time can increase your child’s potential, please
contact the Bay Area Montessori Schools. The instructors and caring staff
members will be more than happy to answer all your questions.