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Benefits of Outdoor Play to Children

If you’re currently reading this in your living room while your kids are sat on the sofa watching a cartoon then this blog is perfect for you!

It’s time to switch that TV off and get your kids outdoors!

Aside from the benefits to health, getting children to play outdoors adds a positive contribution to their cognitive development and on another note, it can help you bond more closely with them too.

In years gone by more parents were inclined to get their kids out on a weekend and take them to the park or get them in the garden and kick a football around for an hour or two, but these days with everyone being a lot busier, it could be said that our lives have become a lot more sedentary.

So in order to make sure your kids are developing their physical, emotional and social skills you should get them outdoors and active.

Many studies have concluded that your kids need outdoor, unstructured play regularly because it makes them perform better at school, improves their self-esteem, grows their confidence, makes them better problem solvers and of course inspires their creativity.

If we take ourselves back to when we were young, some of the best times we had were outside - whether that was playing house or enjoying the thrill of a swing and just because our lifestyles have changed with the Internet and the many games consoles out there – doesn’t mean that we have to stay indoors!

And if the kids get a big muddy or even a bit wet, there’s always the washing machine and a good bath to sort that one out.  Oh and let’s not forget that when children are tired through active play they sleep so much better too, giving you more time to enjoy in the evenings when you want to relax.

Wickens Toys offers a number of outdoor toys to suit all budgets and can help you find the perfect outdoor toy to inspire the very best play from your kids.

So, rather than let them watch another cartoon, why not start sizing up your garden for a climbing frame or a swing and play set.  It will last a long time and if we know kids, will be something that really draws the eye when they’re looking for something to do!

Even when the days are cooler, kids can always wrap up warm and once they start running around they’ll be as happy as Larry!


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