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Report: Not Enough Playtime for Preschoolers

Report: Not Enough Playtime for Preschoolers

Sometimes outdoor play is not feasible due to poor weather; however, a recent study reminds us of the importance of outdoor play for preschoolers.

A report shared this week by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine show that “nearly half of preschoolers” do not get enough outdoor activity. Early childhood experts recommend at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Playing outdoors develops motor skills, socialization and Vitamin D levels according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“There is evidence that play – just sort of the act of playing – is important for children’s development of their social skills and their peer interactions,” Dr. Pooja Tandon of Seattle Children’s Research Institute said.  “Being outdoors affords children an opportunity to play in ways that they may not get to when they’re indoors.”

By prioritizing a child’s daily schedule, caregivers can find opportunities for outdoor play even if it means spreading out the day with several creative play activities. Scheduling play dates with other caregivers or groups can provide additional chances for outdoor fun.

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