With better self-esteem and mood control, children tend to do better academically. According to the American Academy of Paediatric (AAP), outdoor play can help children to focus and pay better attention in class especially among children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), thus improving their learning ability and school performance.
There are many scientific evidences showing the medical benefits of outdoors play towards children’s developmental skills and physical health. Gross motor, fine motor skills and body coordination can be simply enhanced by activities such as cycling, swinging, jumping, climbing and skipping for younger children older kids and through sports such as swimming, football, badminton, tennis, table tennis, basketball and more for teenagers.
We can just watch from a distance to make sure that their safety is not compromised. We as parents can then also spend time with one another to foster greater friendship among neighbors and at the same time allow our children to have a great time together.
By Dr. Khoo Boo Aik, Consultant Paediatrician, Sunway Medical Centre
While most parents were brought up with the fun and benefits of outdoor play and activities, we as parents today are reluctant to let our children to go outdoors and explore nature. Surveys of parents reveal that we worry about ‘stranger danger,’ crime, traffic accidents, and even the weather.