Your little one was born with an innate curiosity for exploration. Her play can be flexible, changeable, and multifaceted, and her environment should reflect those criteria as well. Outdoor environments can fulfill these needs. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the benefits of playing outside and how can we take advantage of the wonders of nature to help your little one learn while having fun.

Outdoor environments provide space and opportunities that help children learn, push their limits, and take risks. In these places your little one will engage in free play, allowing her to develop her self-identity and independence, and explore her own interests. Plus, during this type of play she will be able to learn more about herself by testing her cognitive and physical limits. Try to find a space surrounded by nature to play with your little one today!

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Some advantages and benefits of spending time outdoors:

  • Physical: Outdoor activities allow your child to be physically active and fully express herself. It can influence how she develops her physical confidence and competence. She will have enough room to try out climbing and shout as loud as she can. She will be able to jump and run as fast as she wants and, if you are a little away from the city, she will also breath fresh air.
  • Cognitive: Playing in nature will provide her with opportunities to use her problem-solving skills while expanding her creative exploration. In an outdoor space, your child can make connections between the factors she is observing, like the weather, ecology, growth, life cycles, etc. These observations will inspire her to ask questions and investigate further. Observing nature this way can contribute to her future math and science abilities and interests.
  • Sensorial: She will have the chance to witness vivid colors, patterns, and textures, and use her senses in different contexts. Also, nature will offer a chance to manipulate different objects.
  • Emotional: To be in front of the unknown can be a challenging experience for your little one. In nature, many unexpected events can occur. Maybe it starts raining and you both run back to your house. This sort of experiences can help your daughter keep her mind curious, while also having fun and spending time with you. If she enjoys nature, someday it might even become a hobby, so you are also preparing her to have a healthier lifestyle.

Remember that in order for your child to thrive, she needs a rich learning environment. Nature can provide this, but most importantly, you need to get involved in the process. Explore together!

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