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IMPORTANCE OF OUTDOOR CREATIVE PLAY

The outdoors can provide children with a whole host of learning opportunities and Impact Arts Creative Play sessions help ignite children’s imagination and encourage a deeper and more creative contact with the outdoors.

Not only can playing outdoors be more varied than a creative home environment, but it helps children increase their experience of the world around them from within safe boundaries. Even when using play equipment in the back garden, a child can be taking in different sights, sounds and smells from the world around them, both consciously and subconsciously.

There is something about stepping outdoors to play that opens up the imagination and the creativity even further. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a day at the beach, a walk in the park or enjoying garden play at home, they all unlock creativity. Skills like problem solving, role play and artistic tasks take on a whole new level in the outdoors.

Young minds are naturally creative. However, children don’t always have the opportunity to utilise them until they have the freedom to explore things on their own. It's important for them to take part in outdoor activities with other children, be that within their own family or friends.

Outdoor play also benefits children’s health. Their physical strength is improved, with more room to play in children tend to be more active when playing outside the house. Finding ways to run, jump, throw balls and catch; these activities help them build stronger bones as well as burn off extra energy.

However it's not only their physical health that can benefit from playing outdoors. Their mental well-being can improve through outdoor play. They often feel happier and calmer and it can help improve their ability to focus more in school.

There are endless reasons why in incorporating outdoor play in to your child's day is important but at the end of the day, your child’s primary concern is having as much fun as possible. Being stuck inside all day doesn’t provide your child with fresh air, extensive exercise or the freedom to socialise and interact with nature.

If you are stuck for creative activities to do with your children then why not check out our Creative Play Booklet bursting with fun and creative ways to play outdoors.

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