It is commonly accepted that outdoor play and child development go hand in hand. Taking the time to play outdoors in your back yard, hiking through the woods, or at your local park has more benefits for your children and family than anyone can imagine. We will talk more about the importance of outdoor play in our upcoming blogs but in this initial blog we will start with how to build a strong foundation for the children through family time outdoors.
Take a moment to think back about your childhood. What were the best memories you had? I guarantee they were family vacations, climbing your first tree, your daddy teaching you how to ride a bike for the first time, camping, skiing, or family cookouts. Some great memories also happen indoors but the highlighted memories are usually outside, like playing until the streetlights were turned on and your mother calling your name to come in to eat dinner. Those were great memories.
We know times are different now and children are not left unattended outside like they used to be. One thing still remains the same however, family memories still need to be made. So, we encourage you, in the name of outdoor play and child development, lay down your devices and go outside with your families.