Hello, Classroom 2 Families!
Summer is finally here! Summer is the perfect season to let children play outside. While the weather is nice, it's a perfect chance to encourage children to show self-efficacy through independent play, develop muscle tone and coordination, and use his or her creativity.
Outdoor play is not only beneficial, but also crucial for the brain's healthy development. Researchers say that the frontal cortex, which is responsible for controlling emotions and problem solving, is activated during playtime. The experience of playing forces the brain to make those neurotransmitter connections that are critical for optimal development. Imaginative play and child development go hand in hand. During independent play, with little structure or rules, children solve complex social and emotional problems with little outside assistance from adults. The children are the ones who will need to make the critical decisions for what they feel the rules and parameters should be for their games or activities, which in turn improves children's negotiating and social skills.
Through the simple act of playing, children are running, jumping, climbing, squatting, and rolling. Exerting their bodies is a form of fun, informal exercise. When children go outside, we are promoting healthy brain development, as well as a good workout for your child's body.
"If you want an adventure, take a step outside."