Out of the House! Outdoor Playing May Benefit Children

Outdoor PlayWhen you were a child or adolescent before 2005, you probably know what life is like for a child whose world was not dominated yet by the Internet and smartphones. Of course, the Internet was already in existence even before 2005, but you may be able to recall at least a few wonderful memories spent away from the computer. Those were the days when the youth ventured outdoors to have fun and enjoy themselves along with some friends.

Do you want your children to acquire such memories?

Let Imagination Fly

Children need the fresh air of the great outdoors to help them develop physically. They also need physical interaction with other people—family or friends—for them to learn complex social engagement skills and form friendships. To meet these needs, you may have to start developing a playground for your children.

For example, if you do not like the common seesaw, slide or swing, you may opt for some variety and purchase creative and stimulating outdoor play equipment like a Wildnet Skyclimber or a Wildnet Konnect. Others you can buy are a geo climber and a spinpoint.

When you do not have the budget for a playground, you can always choose to buy sports equipment. Give your child or children a basketball, or a skateboard, maybe a Frisbee.

The Good

Many Australian children today are no longer playing outside compared to the generations before them due to a number of reasons. It may be good for you and other people to know that the outdoors have many benefits including reduced chances for obesity and psychological symptoms like ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Children also learn self-control, how to manage risk on their own, and develop their imaginative capabilities when they play outside.

For your children to have the kind of childhood you had when you played outside and had adventures, encouraging them to go out into the world through sports or playground equipment may be most beneficial.