Outdoor play on children development is of great importance. It is important for one to understand that the benefit of outdoor play on children outweighs its disadvantages. In reality, there is a great connection between play and social behavior as well as brain development in children. Outdoor play also plays a great role on children’s interpersonal communication since while playing; they obtain an opportunity to improve their brain power (Gargiulo & Kilgo, 2004). In light of this, they get to learn how to communicate with each other and make sure they are understood. It is through play that a child’s brain matures, stimulates and functions. Play also has a major role in constructing the base, order and competence of the brain. The relationship between play and brain development is that play speeds up the progress of related segments of the brain with guided behavior. In this regard, each and every stage of play supports the development of that particular part of the brain and positions the neural connection as well as speeding the cerebella synapses.
A child who is not associated with outdoor play activities and whose neural connections and cerebella synapses are not stimulated remains dull for the rest of his life. In connection with this, it can be said that the playgrounds and play structures assist in facilitating a child’s cognitive growth during free play (Gargiulo & Kilgo, 2004). This is because kids make discoveries about themselves and their environment through their sensory discernment and motor activities. Lack of free play which contributes to physical fitness posse’s a great danger to the children health as adults. It has been discovered that outdoor play enhances children creativity and also enhances their sleep. This is because after getting exhausted, and after taking a bath falls asleep easily. Outdoor activities like riding, skipping ropes and playing hide and seek games benefit children physically as their bodies are strengthen and their muscles are enhanced through play (Levesque, 2006). Outdoor games also provide kids with an excellent opportunity to practice their substantial skills and time to articulate themselves without any limitations. It can also be noted that, outdoor play reduces strain in children by providing them with an opportunity to mingle with other age mates. It is through this that children learn to share ideas and find answers to their own problems without their parents’ intervention. However, children mostly learn through movement and the use of their three major human senses that is taste, smell and touch which provides a good ground for their learning.
So to speak, it is through these senses that children are able to differentiate textures, recognize different colours and even be able to understand the weather. In health care environment, play is a basic need for children because it decreases the number of threats found in the new environment (Fromberg & Bergen 2006). Play in health care surroundings takes children growth to a high level whereby it assists in free expression of emotions. Different types of outdoor play enable young people to get rid of distress, monotony and pain as well as promoting peer relations (Levesque, 2006). In essence, play reduces threatening cases like obesity in children which is brought about by poor eating habits and lack of exercise. In other words, play assist children in muddling through their healthcare system. This therefore calls for reduction of inactive activities like watching television and playing online games in play stations. Instead this should be replaced with involving activities like running, jumping up and down, skipping ropes and even swinging which calls for construction of play grounds for children. Play grounds are essential because they provide an environment for children to carry out their own activities in any style of their choice without any adult to threaten them.
Notably, children who are exposed to outdoor play games gain enough courage to face the rest of the world as they grow up, assured of leading a self driven life (Levesque, 2006). It can also be noted that, children who are involved in outdoor games are rich in vitamin D derived from the sun and is highly responsible for the development of strong bones. Nevertheless, children who participate in involving activities experience high rates of metabolism and for this reason their digestive systems are very active. In light of this, children of this nature are healthy because they eat well as a result of a good digestive system. Outdoor play also provides a good environment for parents to have time of building personal relationships with their children.
In conclusion, it can be said that outdoor play is of great importance to the growth of any child. The benefits of these outdoor activities include physical fitness, intellectual development and soundness. Health wise, these activities reduces obesity risk as well as getting rid of distress, monotony and pain. Socially, the kids are in a position to share their own problems and find solutions and this therefore enhances their interpersonal relations. In line with this, children also gain enough courage to face the rest of the world as adults. These activities also give parents a chance to cultivate a personal relationship with their children. Apart from this, outdoor games enhance children creativity and also play a major role in improving better sleep in children.