Summer is the best time to get outside and get busy. Why?
It's great fun, and that's enough reason in itself!
© Children can get active and ride their cars, run, jump and shout;
© Children can get sociable and pretend, the can run an ice-cream stand, do a car wash, look after the baby, or take their bear for an outing.
© Children can get busy and plant, water, paint or build with lovely hollow blocks from Community Playthings. Here's a link to a video about these wonderful blocks and what children get out of playing with them:
© Children can get creative and messy, do some digging, play about with water, "paint the wall" (with water and big brushes:-), do some finger- or footprinting, or draw on the ground with big chunky chalks;
It's official: children who play outside laugh more. This was observed by Dr. Tessa Livingstone, Child Psychologist and one of the researchers who contributed to the BBC study 'Child of Our Time.' Dr. Livingstone said:
"Children who are allowed to play and explore outside are likely to be more adventurous, self- motivated and better able to understand risk when they grow up."
Do we need any more reasons?