1.Improved Physical Fitness
Simply being outside may encourage children to be more active. Granted, a playground can give a child plenty of chances to get exercise, but exploring the natural world and seeing things they might not see every day will encourage a child to explore and enjoy being outside. They will want to spend more time outdoors in order to experience new things, which will lead to them becoming more physically fit.
2. Improved Nutrition
Not only does exploring the natural world encourage children to be more physically fit, but it can improve their nutrition. School gardens are popular projects when it comes to preschool and child care. They teach children the steps it takes to grow their own fruits and vegetables and give them the chance to see where much of their food comes from.
3. Reduced Stress
It should come as no surprise that being outdoors reduces stress in many children as well as adults. This is usually accomplished on playgrounds during recess, but it can be far more effective to simply spend some time exploring nature. The natural world is soothing to adults, and it can be just what a restless or stressed out child needs to feel more relaxed.
Being outdoors and in the natural world can help a child focus and improve their cognitive abilities. In some cases, daily exposure to nature has even shown to improve symptoms of ADHD in children as young as five years old.
These are just a few of the benefits of spending more time in the natural outdoor setting with your children. As important as it is to spend time in the classroom and play indoors, any quality child care setting should involve spending some time outdoors in nature. This is exactly what we offer at Tender Care Learning Centers. If you would like to learn more about our quality child care, contact us today to schedule a visit.