Developing your child’s skills through technology in today’s digital world is a hot topic. While tech certainly has its benefits, it is important to remember that outdoor play is still essential for children to reach their full potential. Let’s explore how outdoor recreation boosts your child’s growth and development.
1. PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS
Playing outside keeps kids physically active, which can have long-term health benefits. It encourages physical activity such as running, jumping, climbing, and other activities that help strengthen muscles, increase coordination and flexibility and build better reflexes. Sure, there are virtual reality games that offer similar exercises, but they lack the opportunity to play in the sunshine and get additional health benefits from doing so. They can also be cost prohibitive for many parents.
By providing an outlet for physical activity, you also help your child manage stress levels more effectively and improving their overall well-being.
2. MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS
Outdoor play improves mental health in several ways. Studies show that being outdoors can reduce stress levels while simultaneously increasing energy. Additionally, playing outside encourages problem-solving skills since children often have to devise creative ways to solve issues they encounter while playing outdoors with others. Finally, spending time in nature can boost creativity among children by exposing them to new environments where their imaginations can run wild! From insects to flowers, different kinds of rocks to different types of trees - many things can spark the imaginations of young children when they are playing outside.
3. DEVELOPMENTAL SKILL BENEFITS
Outdoor play also boosts developmental skills among children in several ways. Playing outside fosters socialization skills by introducing different group dynamics and understanding of others’ perspectives. Kids learn to express themselves clearly when interacting outdoors which helps develop communication skills. Exposure to natural elements such as plants and animals also accelerates cognitive development since young learners adapt to unfamiliar scenarios or unexpected environmental changes.
Creative City staff encourages whole-body educational experiences and natural learning in and outdoors. Our engaging curriculum helps students better understand the world and how they can impact it. Many of our lessons incorporate physical activity and make use of our outdoor classrooms.
As a tuition-free public charter school serving grades K-5, we work hard to create an environment of exploration and discovery where children can learn through trial and error. We are committed to supporting the development of children in our community. For more information or to enroll, visit our website at www.creativecityschool.org.
About Creative City Public Charter School
Creative City Public Charter School is a dynamic K-5 elementary school with caring educators. We engage our students in a placed-based learning environment using the city of Baltimore as a cultural and civic foundation. Our approach is creative yet challenging; and our tuition-free public school encourages out-of-the-box thinking alongside the pursuit of each student’s personal, highest academic potential. Enroll your child today!