Playing Outside: Why It's Important for Kids

Playing Outside: Why It's Important for Kids

No matter what the weather brings, playing outside is good for kids!

There is scientific evidence that playing outside improves health, and children all ages love it. Nature is all around us. We don’t necessarily need to travel far to enjoy nature. Your family can connect with nature in a school playground, backyard, table-top garden, or virtually.

There are also many ways to find out what parks are nearby based on zip code, including some that you can get to by walking or taking public transportation. Many public green spaces have features and programs for all ages and abilities.

Playing outside and exploring nature is for all ages:

Bringing baby outside. The earlier you share nature with your baby, the more likely they will develop a life-long love of the outdoors. Even infants and toddlers can play and learn in nature.

Explore with preschoolers and younger children. Young children are developing and learning from every experience.

Outdoor playdates. Meet up with friends outdoors to build social connections for children and adults.

Challenge older children & teens. Stay engaged with the outdoors as a family. Take advantage of this time to bond over games and activities you all enjoy or challenge yourselves with something new.

Healthy benefits of outdoor play:

Getting outside provides more than a fun break for children and teenagers. It is also good for their physical and mental health and development. Children and teens who spend time playing outside and enjoying nature can be:

Physically healthier. Children play harder outdoors than indoors and need daily opportunities to do so. Safely getting some sun also helps us make vitamin D that our bodies need to stay healthy and strong.

More engaged in learning. Playing outside promotes curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. Studies have found that children who spent more time exploring nature had improved learning outcomes.

More positive in behavior. Research shows that children who spend time in natural settings have less anger and aggression.

Mentally healthier. Stress and depression are lower for all people who spend time in nature.

Remember

Take advantage of the healing power of play in nature—near your home, neighborhood, or wherever you feel comfortable. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather. It’s also a good idea to wash hands or use hand sanitizer during and after your adventure.

For more information, go to https://www.healthychildren.org to read the full article

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Dr Bob has been seeing my twins since they got out of the NICU and we love him. Very attentive, very nice, knowledgeable and understanding.

We recently moved so now it takes us up to 45 minutes to get there when it used to take us 15 minutes but we’ll never change doctors.

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Erika Nani - Jun 28, 2022
I love Celebration Pediatrics. The office staff is so kind and always willing to accommodate me when I need a last minute appointment or to reschedule. The doctors and nurses are also incredible.

My family loves Dr. Anwer, he is a remarkable doctor. You can tell he is very passionate about his career and genuinely loves his patients which is so important. He doesn’t treat my kids like just another patient but instead takes his time to ask questions and really understand our concerns.

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The entire staff as you walk in are AMAZING!!! They greet you with smiles answer all questions and treat your child like it was their own.

There was no wait time and super super friendly!!! I am so happy they took great care of us. Dr. C is Amazing too!! Super great listener and. Wonderful dr.

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Linda Sosa - March 23, 2022
This was our first visit with this center, and it was incredible, the registration was fast, the waiting time to go to the room was short, and the best of all this was the wonderful treatment of Dr. Toma with our daughter was incredible

Our daughter said for the first time that she loved going to the doctor and that the doctor was very funny and kind to her, and like a parents made us feel safe, she explained everything to us, the treatment towards us was wonderful, recommended a thousand percent,

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Fantastic doctors, nurses, and staff! Patient, listen, educate, answer every question, and spend adequate time with each patient.

I have found that the doctors at this location are intelligent and educated in a wide realm of topics which makes the experience much richer, especially when it is your first child!

Quick to get patients a visit when needed and we usually don’t wait more than 5-10 min to be seen.
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We are very happy and pleased to have found this place for our girls. We have recently moved from another state and the transition to this office was very smooth.

The staff was so helpful in making sure that the needed records for our girls were obtained from our prior provider. Our girls also loved the visit with NP Janil.

Would highly recommend this office.
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We had our first newborn appointment at the practice and felt so comfortable. Monica was very easy to talk to and eased some of our little worries as first time parents.

She was patient, sweet, and very knowledgeable!

We left our appointment feeling very secure and with the practice that we chose!
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