It’s officially summer vacation for many elementary school kids in Los Angeles and that usually means one thing: More time to play with friends and family. However, in recent years, kids have spent more time indoors than outdoors and the disturbing trend is a growing issue in America. According to the Alliance For Childhood, a not-for-profit advocacy group, “compared to the 1970s, children now spend 50 percent less time in unstructured outdoor activities.”
This summer, nannies in LA may find it increasingly difficult to convince children to play on the swing set rather than the computer. However, moving them away from technology and toward mother nature can actually have wide-ranging, positive effects on their health and development. Here are three reasons why nannies should plan more outdoor than indoor activities for children:
1. Promote Cognitive Development: Communication, social relationships, leadership, autonomy, decision making. These are all traits a child can develop while creating their own games, playing sports, or socializing outdoors.
2. Health: Playing outdoors decreases the chance children suffer from a range of illnesses or disorders. Weekly play sessions can significantly reduce health problems associated with anxiety, depression, and obesity.
3. Education: Simply put, by allowing children to experience the world beyond their computer room, you’re providing them with the chance to care about its purpose. Many of the toys children use, the food they eat, and drinks they consume come from energy, minerals, and resources around them. The outdoors is a living, breathing classroom, which can provide a child with a fun, interactive learning experience.
Of course, there are numerous reasons why children should play outdoors, but the point remains the same: Nannies who plan outdoor rather than indoor activities will ensure a child stays happy and healthy.