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Why Children Are Best Kept Outdoors

“If you’re the parent of a young child, you probably already know many of the benefits of outdoor play. Not only does it help strengthen motor skills, prevent obesity, and support creativity, but playing outside even promotes mental health and well-being.” – Dr Debbie Glasser, Preschoolers Need More Outdoor Play With Parents

Children were never made to be kept indoors. But don’t go buying hiking gear just yet. When it comes to raising kids outdoors, start in small ways like frolicking in the rain, planting a seed in your backyard, enjoying the view from a tree branch, or setting off on a scavenger hunt in your own neighbourhood. Because the best toy for your child has always been at the park near you. Batteries not required.

Checklist of elements in nature seen by child on walk in the park

 

Turn your next outdoor walk into a game with this activity worksheet.

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Once Upon A Massage

It may not look like hard work, but your child is busy exploring the world every waking moment – and this multisensory experience can tire him out. So something as simple as a bedtime massage can go a long way in easing him into a good night’s rest, before he takes on the world tomorrow.