The reasons why natural playgrounds benefit child development

Robin Hill

Every day, children are learning and developing as they play, and playgrounds are a vital part of how a child becomes acclimatised within their surroundings. Climbing structures help with confronting dangers, while the interaction involved with a play environment helps to develop social skills. Clearly, playing outside helps children grow and develop. Outdoor playground equipment is becoming a growing trend on the market, a result of the benefits these types of playgrounds serve to younger children who are still developing.… Continue Reading “The reasons why natural playgrounds benefit child development”

Is the UK supporting outdoor play for our children?

Swing

Kids need to play outside. According to a 2016 study, three quarters of UK children spend less time outside than prison inmates. UN guidelines mandate that prisoners must be allowed at least one hour outside – but our children are getting even less than that. This is clearly an issue, especially in light of the health benefits that come with outdoor play. These include using a larger vocabulary outdoors, promoting creativity and ultimately, helping them get physical exercise. However, do… Continue Reading “Is the UK supporting outdoor play for our children?”