Our family loves the outdoors as it gives us more intentional time together, while all of us are enjoying each other’s company as well as where we are. There is always less arguing outdoors because toys found in nature are unlimited! There are infinite rocks and sticks as well as trees to be climbed and bugs to catch. I find myself relating to all of the 11 reasons listed in the following article and it makes me want to be outdoors more!
It is also wonderful to see how many of these reasons to take kids outside are already incorporated daily and throughout the day all day long here at Saddleback Children’s Center. We have been moving in the direction of becoming certified as a school that has an Outdoor Classroom, which increases outdoor experiences that our children will have through the design of our playground as well as the classroom. We have already noticed how outside play has become more intentional and focused, which has been a large benefit to children learning through these outdoor experiences, but also limits conflict.