Why? Because … Playing outdoors is an invaluable activity for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, grade schoolers … not to mention teens as well as adults.
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers’ healthy development is essentially based upon sensory-motor skills. Besides the obvious health benefits, as kids grow up, playing outside will encourage decision processing – (executive functioning) – as well as their curiosity – which is then naturally followed with real concrete knowledge. Children need to develop their coordination. In order to accomplish capable coordination they must have many opportunities to practice and master basic physical skills. Outdoor play also allows kids to make noise and move about with greater freedom. These two elements of childhood development are forms of self-expression which are usually restricted indoors.
When parents share time watching their kids at play, they encourage mastery and achieve bonding skills.