Benefits of Outdoor Recreational Activities

The famous adage “children learn how to learn when they play?” should be on every parent’s mind every time they release their children to go out jumping, laughing, swinging, climbing, or sliding!

Play does a lot more than just drain the children’s physical strength. For example, colorful and open playground structures like the one we have at our facility provide for a great learning experience. Education nowadays incorporates extracurricular activities as a mandatory part of learning and the reason for this is outlined below.

 

 

Physical Growth

Children engage in play activities to have fun and enjoy not knowing how that actually benefits their bodies, yet play has been discovered to be of great benefit to children’s health and physical fitness. Development of motor skills, enhanced balance and flexibility are all a result of controlled movement and reflex reactions horned at play time.

An outdoor playground equipment like the one we have involve children in muscle strengthening maneuvers and improved bone density. Additionally, physically involving play activities increased blood circulation which ensures better heart functionality and lung performance thus preventing chances of from high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity.

Emotional Growth

Ovid, a Roman poet once said “we tell kids what kind of people we are with playing”. At first glance it doesn’t make much sense but it has a deeper meaning if you think of your habits!

Several research reports reveal that outdoor playing helps children with emotional growth. There are three main areas in which outdoor activities help children internally.

Experience of different emotions – Pretended playing is a traditional way children used to utilize their imaginary skills to come out of reality and boundaries. Nothing has changed much as these are practiced to date. When children play freely, they express themselves fearlessly and openly, as a result, they experience emotions they themselves might not have experienced before.

Developing self-esteem and confidence – Outdoor playground equipment like overhead hanging and climbers are designed to psychically challenge them and bring out their skillful ability. These activities enable them use tricks and push them to take risky maneuvers just to prove themselves. Successful completion of any  challenge improves their confidence and develops self-esteem making them realize they can achieve anything.

The release of emotions from trauma – Free play doesn’t only help in physical growth, but it helps children in beating previous traumatic situations.  Outdoor playing helps in overcoming distressed emotions due to war or natural disasters, family disruptions, and child abuse. When children play, they take out their emotions and throw off all the negativeness going on in their minds.

All in all, giving exposure to a playground is the best thing you can do to your kids. Wont that improve their learning experience?

A green environment guarantees good health. A green environment means lower greenhouse gas emissions, healthy students and higher motivation to keep and stay in a healthy environment. Given that children spend two-thirds of their waking hours at schools, safety within and outside rooms, proper lighting and pure air quality are essentials that promote healthy living as they grow up.

 

Air quality is important, meaning well ventilated rooms reduce health risks compared to stuffy ones.Poor quality of air affects life for future generations. An eco-friendly environment ensures reduced infections like asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Allergens and bacteria that bring about childhood illnesses are mostly associated with poor ventilation systems in schools. Appropriate ventilation can ensure air contaminants are kept out as fresh air is let in. Clean air in classrooms is just an easier way to reduce spread of sickness. Schools have higher density of occupancy with students sitting close to each other.Clean air is a real benefit by reducing family cost on medication.

Water quality is also a major concern when dealing with eco-friendly environments for children. Fresh water should be consumed as efficiently as possible by schools. This can  be done by proper water treatment and storage. Local water sources should be protected, this can be done by involving students in groups and fight against water pollution.

Energy usage is a greater part of a schools expenditure. Good lighting in schools lead to improved and better performance of students, it reduces off-task behavior of students. Natural light is one source of lighting that is appropriate for schools. Initially schools relied on natural light since the cost of electricity was high. Ever since the decline of electricity cost the amount of artificial light used in schools increased. Natural lighting reduces the schools energy consumption. Schools should also use energy efficient products because they consume less energy thus proving to be eco-friendly.

Children require the most suitable environment for their progression in life. It’s an expensive undertaking in improving schools facilities however when the act is translated into dollar figures the rewards of these investments outstrips the cost of investments.