6 reasons (and 7 books) to invite children to play outside

Aosta, Arezzo And Siena: here is the podium for the provinces where children’s quality of life is considered to be better. In this regard, it is actually Il Sole 24 Ore that prepares the ranking taking into account 12 different indicators that will affect the well-being of children: from the fertility rate to the availability of school gardens and equipped greenery.

On the subject, it is indeed useful to examine the importance of organizing excursions to spend fun moments with children: “Outdoor games are a useful solution to increase the well-being of children, as they allow them to express yourself with greater freedom and to appear in all their spontaneity“Explains Dr. Fabrizia Lodeserto, psychologist and cognitive behavioral psychotherapist, and continues «When we offer the child a walk in the city, through alleys or streets, he tends to get tired and bored more easily, which requires his parents to be picked up or to use the stroller; otherwise it happens when we place it in close contact with nature: it is there that all his strength emerges, because he is conscious of being able to move with greater freedom; this is precisely why kindergartens in the forest are now more and more widespread. Children can also just play along leaves, flowers, soil and fruit or learn gardening or still take care of small animals: you can start from this, up to creating psychomotor paths using recycled materials. This allows them to use their creativity to reuse common objects in a different way, thus promoting imagination, environmental education and social and emotional intelligence.

And the good reasons to get used to having moments of leisure outdoors would be different: «La spontaneityL’autonomythat fantasyL’fantasythat creativitythat psychomotor skills: these are six good reasons to play outside. Outside the home or indoor places such as playrooms, children actually move more and the pedagogical arrangements imposed by the adult are less present, therefore the child is not “distorted” or prevented from conquering his autonomy. Outdoor activities is good for your health psychological, as for the physical, because they promote sleep, physical activity and give a feeling back greater serenity»Explains the expert about the skills developed by performing playful activities outdoor.

But how to act in the event that the little one prefers moments of leisure at home or punctually shows difficulties in leaving the walls of his bedroom? It’s Dr. again. Lodeserto, who advises: «The child by nature hardly prefers indoor activities to those in nature. If this happens, it has probably been a little accustomed to freely exploring the environment, the whole family performs more sedentary activities or the adult tends to be more anxious and protective on the outside, which generates greater fear in the child. But in some cases, a painting can also be hidden behind the refusal to go out depressive or the presence of relationship problems with peers which should be taken up with an expert. However, it is important that the parents lead by example and gradually get the child used again, which favors being with other peers, even if they are no less play sessions with adults therefore with reference figures that revolve around their own core: like, for example, grandparents or uncles. In fact, almost always both parents work, therefore it is important that the child perceives the affection and attention towards him from these figures: their presence, however, must be functional to maintain its autonomyaccompanies him and does not replace him in activities ».

There is nothing to do but put the expert’s suggestions into practice and dedicate ourselves to fun games outside the home: but what activities should we do? Here is a selection of books made by Rakuten Kobo, a worldwide retailer of digital books and audiobooks, with interesting ideas and ideas for outdoor play with children.

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