We know the fact that now children are more busy with their school and studies. And if at all there is free time it’s occupied by extracurricular activities, classes .Children don’t have time for outdoor play.More than playing outside , children prefer watching television, video games ,Tabs, smart phones.
But we can’t ignore the fact that outdoor playing is very important for young children.It helps for their better physical and mental development. Exercise while playing helps for better health as well and children learn many things by playing out. Every time formal outdoor sport play is not possible because of time constraint.But games like running, catching, jumping, hide and seek are also part of outdoor play. Try to encourage your children for more outdoor play as and when possible. Play with your children often and it will help them in many ways. So for happy and healthy childhood playtime is extremely important.
This is how playing outdoor helps children in their mental development.
#1. Team player
Playing with friends / in a team makes children good team player. It helps in child’s emotional development. They learn helping ,caring, sharing with others. They learn to give equal importance to winning and losing the game. Children will learn to deal with real life failure like exams, competitions , tournaments.
#2. Social skills
Outdoor playing with friends enhances their social interactions and they learn to value for community. Children learn to socialise and interact with other children . Playing with parents helps children to better bond with them. Kids feel safe and secure while playing with parents and It increases their self-esteem.
#3. Learn while having fun
Young children has very good grasping power and they learn many things by experiencing while playing like fundamental information about world. Learning while playing is totally true as children learn about climate ,seasons, planets, sand , stones ,trees ,environment in very effective manner. Outdoor play enhances child’s vocabulary skills, science, constructing, gardening, trekking, farming, materials, animals.
#4 .Keeps stress away
Play protects children’s emotional development whereas hurried lifestyle can contribute to mental problems. Nowadays many mental problems like anxiety, fear, insecurity , envy, depression are common. To fight these problems playing outdoor can help as physical activity helps to release stress.Playing helps to elevate mood and it gives sense of achievement.
Their critical thinking skills improve in many ways. And studies show that exposure to environment-based education significantly increases student performance in tests.