Playing outdoors is the oldest type of play in the world. Sadly, many children spend their playtime these days inside in front of the television or computer. Outdoor play however still remains very important for your child’s development.
In an article for Kidspot, some great tips for encouraging your child to play outside are outlined:
- Encourage your little one to spend time playing outside at a minimum once every day.
- As soon as you’re able to, teach your child the road safety rules and take regular walks around your neighborhood with them so they become familiar with the streets and the people that live in your area.
- Discuss with your child the concept of danger. Make sure to explain to them how they should react in an emergency situation.
- Find safe places where your child can play outdoors even if you don’t yourself have a large backyard.
- Start traveling with your child on the train or bus so that when they are older it’s easy for them to do it by themselves.
- As your child reaches an age where they are playing with friends in the neighborhood, make sure they get into the habit of always informing you of where they are going, with who and for how long.