Kids in the 21st century spend more time inside on electronic devices than going outside to play. Some of them are even considered to have nature deficiency disorder—a disorder related to a human’s connection to nature. Though it’s not an official medical disorder, it’s still considered to hurt your child’s mental health.
Your children need to engage in outdoor learning through schools, daycare centers, and afterschool programs for numerous benefits.
Boosts Academic Performance
Research on whether outdoor activities are beneficial to kids’ academic performance concluded that those engaged in any outdoor learning activities scored higher in standardized test scores than those who didn’t. These kids had better social and interpersonal skills, as well as better performance in school on the whole.
Improves Personal Child Development
Kids mostly engage with other children when enjoying outdoor activities. This enables them to work better in groups and be more understanding of each other’s opinions. This collaboration can improve intellectual, behavioral, and emotional development. It also enables them to be more creative, independent, and confident.
Gives Practical Experience
Practical experience helps you learn more in life than anything else. Your kids will learn more from touching random things in your garden than reading about them in a book.
Furthermore, in school, kids love teachers who take their students out for outdoor learning. It gives them opportunities to explore different things while also learning about them with their teachers describing them.
Improves Mental And Physical Health
According to The American Institute of Stress (AIS), outdoor activities help your child deal with stress and other psychological conditions. So, interaction with friends and other children can improve your child’s mental health. Furthermore, engaging in physical activities like different outdoor games and sports can improve children’s physical health.
Going outside helps your child connect with nature more and motivates them to spend more time in outdoor activities than sitting inside in front of a screen. You can now help your child connect with nature and engage in many indoor and outdoor activities at The Whole Child Development Center’s facility.
We aim to provide affordable daycare to parents and afterschool programs for children to have more learning opportunities. Schedule a tour of our facility by contacting us to see how our trained staff helps enhance your child’s capabilities through various engaging activities.