As summer comes to an end and the days grow shorter, it is easy for families to spend more time indoors and less time outside playing and exploring. But the change in seasons and weather isn't a reason to hide inside. In fact, with less daylight available, it is important to be even more intentional about getting your children outside whenever possible.
Research is very clear on the topic of outside play for children. Indeed, it is clear on the importance of spending time outdoors for all of us, including grownups. Bryna Campbell of Super Nature Adventures explains that “Getting outdoors regularly is important for kids and adults alike. For kids, outdoor time is proven to encourage creativity and problem-solving skills. Time in nature can help improve concentration, physical agility, and sustained intellectual development. Studies have also shown that kids who spend lots of time in nature are more likely to care for their environment as adults.”
The types of activities may change with the seasons, and the clothing may get warmer and heavier, but the fact remains that it is good for children to be outside as much as possible, all year long.
4 Reasons Children Should Play Outside
God gave us a big beautiful world to explore, and He didn’t intend for us to ignore it when the rains come. As Ms. Campbell notes, heading outdoors in the rain “often requires an attitude shift on the part of parents. For kids, the wet weather brings all kinds of new forms of fun. The rainy season means more puddles to jump in, more mud to play in (and with), and the return of a lot of creatures such as slugs.”
So go ahead and bundle up, head outside, and reap the benefits of what God has provided, no matter the weather.