It helps form their executive function
A well-developed executive function enables children to plan, prioritise, self-regulate, adapt and multi-task. Outdoor play gives children the freedom to enjoy unstructured time where they can practise all of these skills with minimal restrictions.
It cultivates creativity
By age 5, 98% of children score at the creative genius level1. But by age 10 that drops to just 30%1, as play time turns to more technology-focused activities and ultimately decreases. Outdoor play has the capacity to reignite kids’ imaginations with a stick that becomes a cooking utensil, a magic wand or a sword. Or a challenging tree climb that presents an opportunity to take new risks.
It reduces the risk of poor vision
Sounds unlikely? Well, one study found just an extra 45 minutes a day outside reduced the risk of short-sightedness by 10%2.
It sparks cognitive development
Interacting with natural surroundings has been found to improve memory. Plus, when combined with the opportunity of real play (the kind that’s active, physical and self-directed), results in better concentration skills post-play, too.