While the weather might be a little unpredictable this time of year, springtime outdoor play is essential for children. Here are 5 reasons why spring outdoor play is important for your children:
Building Your Child's Endurance
Think about your own body, and how it begins to change when you go from being active to not for a certain period of time. Our children can experience the same sort of thing.
They don't have as much stamina after a winter inside, especially after the particularly long winter we had this year. In order to be prepared for summer activities, think of spring as a way to get little bodies ready.
There is controversy regarding sun exposure. Regardless of the debates, there is a lot of research that the body needs vitamin D from the sun. If we wait until the summer to head outside, the kids have to be completely covered in sunblock or risk sunburns.
Springtime sun exposure can help children develop a bit of a base layer, making it safer for their skin to absorb at least a little vitamin D throughout the summer months.
Beyond the clear impact on our mood as well, gloomy winter weather can cause us to eat more (think about how much more you pack your children in the winter months, or how much more snacking they tend to do). We produce vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays in bright sunlight.
Beyond the established immune-enhancing benefits, raising vitamin D levels is also known to activate the production of leptin, which helps us stop snacking by signalling our brain and stomach.
Spring is Great For Discovering
Springtime promises some of the most amazing sights! Flowers blooming, animals are having babies, bugs are coming out, birds are making nests, and buds are budding. My personal favourite reason for springtime outdoor play?
You can discover more than you can in another season. You can easily get to the often inaccessible areas that in other seasons are poison-ivy or snow-covered during a spring hike.
Honestly, what's better than playing in the rain and splashing in a few puddles? Puddle jumping is such a simplistic childhood joy that adults still love! So make sure you schedule some time to get on your rain boots and jump in a few puddles!
Enjoy the Spring Sunshine
Before you know it, summer will be here, and you'll be melting in 25-30 degree weather. So, enjoy the spring! Soak up all the educational, social, developmental, and physical health benefits time outside playtime provides. Foster connection, memories, and playfulness within your family unit—even if it is still just a tad chilly.