Importance of Play

You’ll realize playing outside is a basic childhood need once we acknowledge how important it is for healthy development. Playing outside allows children to:

  • feel more freedom
  • be more physically active
  • and play in many unique and diverse ways. Children use their imagination and creativity to define the way they see and experience the world through playing outdoors.

The outdoors can offer more diversity in play environments, providing opportunities for loose parts (ex. sticks, rocks, buckets, rain water) for children’s imagination and play spaces for risky play. By encouraging thrill and excitement through playing with tools or near natural elements such as bonfires or tall rocks, we help families and their children develop confidence and healthy relationships with risk.

Today, it can feel like we need specific toys and access to indoor play spaces for our children to grow, develop, and learn. However, by taking your families outdoors, you’re supporting the way children learn… Which is through play!

Throughout your outdoor play program or while connecting with families, you can share the physical, mental, and social health benefits with your families. We have provided a link below with tips and the incredible benefits associated with being outside!

But first, before you check that out… We should share what some of the words we mentioned above mean.

Video:  Outdoor Play slides

Video: Outdoor Play with C4F

Here is the accompanying pdf you can download and use in your next outdoor program.