“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”– George Bernard Shaw
From centuries importance has been given to playing and being outdoors. Great minds have emphasized on the creative and intellectual importance of playing. Being in an open green environment gives the child a sense of freedom – the freedom to be, the freedom to create, and the freedom to think without boundaries. Famous personalities like Albert Einstein says that, “play is the highest form of research”, Carl Jung says that, “the creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct”, *and O. Fred Donaldson says that, *“children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn”.
It thus suggests how much playing is important for the growth of learning in a child. Other benefits that children reap by playing outside include:
- *Social Skills – *going out to play gives children a chance to meet other children and form bonds of friendship. Because a playground is an unstructured part of a child’s routine, they are free to explore, choose, and accommodate according to the environment.
- Consumes Energy – A young child has boundless energy, outdoor give children a way to utilize that energy in a positive manner. This also helps in channelizing any negative energy like stress, or anger out of their system. Exercise is known to release happy hormones in your body, and all that running around outdoors or at the playground is a great outlet.
- Curiosity – Being out and seeing the world, interacting with different people, making friends, and observing their surroundings gives wings to your child’s curiosity. It allows to broaden your child’s view of the world, and makes him/her more curious to learn about the world they live in, the people they meet, the things they see, and the ideas they here.
- Good Source Of Vitamin D – with children being bound to the indoor, most kids today are suffering from Vitamin D deficiencies. The benefits of vitamin D include stronger bones, builds immunity against heart disease, and diabetes. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, so why pop pills when you can just go outside and play!
So the next time you feel why your child should be inside the house instead of outside playing, think again. As much as studying and books are important, it is important to let your children out and play! So put on your running shoes, and take your children out for an hour of play, you’ll come back feeling as fresh and happy as them, if not more.