Let’s Play Outside! Kids Who Play Outside Are Healthier, Happier, and Smarter

summertime_babyHere’s another article on the importance of outdoor play, this one by Laura Markham. She starts off by outlining the benefits to kids’ health, intelligence, and happiness: kids are calmer, more optimistic, healthier, more creative, and more successful at school when they spend lots of time outdoors.

Markham provides suggestions for parents who have concerns about safety or limited outdoor options for one reason or another. Her first suggestion is to take a blanket, snacks, and a ball or a frisbee to the park. Outdoor play is so important for children that it’s worth figuring out how to make it happen, no matter your circumstances.

http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/family-life/nature

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