Summer is my favorite time of year! I love everything about it–the warmth of the sun, the longer days, and all the opportunities to just be outside. When I was a child the last day of school could not come soon enough. As the final bell rang, all I could think about was how awesome the summer was going to be and what all I was going to do, such as, swim, ride my bike, climb trees, and spend time with my friends.
What I did not know, was that all these plans I looked forward to and enjoyed were beneficial and helped me build developmental skills that lasted well into my future!
Preschool children learn through play, and summer time is one of the best times to get outside and do just that. When children play they are free to explore and experiment. With technology, video games, and cell phones new generations are becoming more sedentary than past generations.
Children need to be encouraged to explore and be outside to experience the benefits and build cognitive, physical, and social skills. I am sure you are wondering how does being outside benefit or help my child build cognitive, physical, and social skills, right? Check out the list below to learn what many early childhood professionals already know.