In a child’s formative years, learning should not be confined to four walls as the greatest lessons are learned through hands-on exploration & the best teacher for kids is Mother Nature herself.
In the formative years of a child, the great outdoors play a pivotal role, opening doors to a realm of opportunities and growth that no textbook can replicate.
In this blog, we’re going to explore the world of green outdoor play areas and why they are a must for your little ones. So, let’s dive right in and discover why nature’s playground is a win-win for kids and parents alike.
According to research by the North American Association for Environmental Education, children who play outside in natural areas showed a statistically significant improvement in motor fitness with better coordination, balance, and agility. The mere presence of an outdoor learning environment with natural features and a looping pathway is associated with a 22% increase in physical activity.
At Beansprouts, we place equal emphasis on physical activities for our little ones within our sprawling 1-acre green campus where children can run, jump, climb, and explore, all of which contribute to stronger muscles and enhanced physical fitness
According to an article by Harvard, green spaces stimulate cognitive development in children. Exposure to nature can enhance problem-solving skills, creativity, and spatial awareness. So, when they’re out in the great outdoors, they’re not just playing; they’re learning valuable life skills.
Reduced Screen Time
With the lure of smartphones and tablets, it’s no secret that many kids spend too much time indoors glued to screens. A green outdoor play area serves as a great alternative to reduce screen time, promoting a healthier lifestyle. And, it’s an opportunity for your child to socialize and make new friends.
Nature has a calming effect on children. Green outdoor play areas offer a tranquil environment where kids can unwind, relax, and experience a sense of peace. It’s a proven way to reduce stress, anxiety, and promote emotional well-being.
Enhanced Immune System
Quality time spent outdoors allows children to embrace a multitude of natural elements, supporting the development of their robust immune systems. As a wonderful outcome, this can lead to fewer instances of illness for your child, granting both you and your little one more restful nights.
Better Sleep Patterns
Green outdoor play areas facilitate healthy sleep patterns. Exposure to natural light and fresh air during the day helps kids sleep better at night, which is a dream come true for any parent.
Improved Social Skills
Interacting with other children in an outdoor setting teaches kids important social skills, including sharing, teamwork, and conflict resolution. It’s the perfect opportunity for them to make friends and create lasting memories.
Appreciation for Nature
Spending time in green spaces is most appreciated at Beansprouts. It fosters a love for nature in children and they learn to embrace the beauty of the world around them, leading to a generation that values and protects our environment.
Enhanced Attention Span
Research shows that children who engage in outdoor play have improved attention spans and the ability to focus. That’s why Beansprouts incorporated learning as a third teacher for joyful experience. So, when your child returns from their nature escapades, homework might not seem as daunting.
Last but not least, outdoor play areas are economical, offering hours of fun at little to no cost. No need to break the bank on expensive toys and gadgets – Mother Nature provides the best entertainment, free of charge.
In a world where digital devices and screens vie for our children’s attention, green outdoor play areas offer an essential and delightful escape contributing to your child’s growth, well-being, and happiness. So, let’s make a pact, parents, to trade some screen time for green time. The benefits are real, the smiles are genuine, and the memories are priceless. It’s a win-win for both you and your little adventurers.
With that, we’ll leave you with a challenge: take your kids to the nearest park, forest, or nature reserve this weekend and witness the magic unfold. Your child’s future, health, and happiness are rooted in nature, and as guardians, we have the privilege of nurturing that connection.