Whenever we are doing a nature walk we have one or two kids that keep wondering what’s the point. We tell them that it’s a great way to get air to their brain, make their arms and legs strong and we are getting to know a new place. By the end of the week we see big changes in attitudes towards exercise!
This article quotes many more benefits of getting out and about which relate to the reasons we give our own kids. Getting more air to the brain has lasting effects that can benefit them year round. Kids who go outside have better school performance as they have better cognitive functions. They are more creative as playing outside nurtures imagination. They are also less likely to be depressed or hyperactive as it increases their attention span and they make more friends. Creating the habit to explore outside can lead to a longer life span as they are more likely to grow into active adults!Children who spend time in nature have stronger bones, better eyesight and are overall more fit. They get more vitamin D while playing outdoors.
We would add that children who play outdoors are more aware and committed to their world. They see animals struggle, they see all kinds of people and they become sensitive to nature. What more can you ask? Nature is the real deal!