Kids who spend time outdoors are happier and smarter
There’s nothing quite like being outdoors in the fresh air – and it’s extremely important for our kids to be out and about in nature on a regular basis.
Recent research has revealed that children who spend a lot of time playing outside are actually happier and smarter.
A study by scientists at the Aarhus University in Denmark found that children who spend time in nature may become less likely to develop psychiatric disorders in adulthood.
What’s more, a survey by the U.K.’s National Trust found that the average child spends just over FOUR hours a WEEK in nature.
The generation before spent, on average, around 8.2 hours a week playing outdoors.
1,000 Hours Outside, which is an online community encouraging families to spend time outside, the co-founder Ginny Yurich highlights the importance.
“Children who are allowed this freedom of time outside get lost in nature,” she told Parents.com.
“They get lost in their imaginations, and they get lost in wonder. And then they rapidly develop.”
“There are many factors why but one reason is due to the rich sensory environment that nature always provides.”
Ginny recommends parents encourage their children to spend four to six hours at least three to four times a week in Mother Nature.
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