Spring is such a wonderful time to spend outdoors, but did you know that spending time outside can help boost your little ones brain development too?
Playing outside helps your child think in new ways, learn words faster, and feel happier and healthier overall.
Nature is full of things to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste, and these rich sensory experiences help to develop neural pathways in the brain.
Research tells us that children who play outside show increased motor skill development and stronger planning and problem-solving skills.

Ready to harness the benefits of the outdoors?

Try these age-appropriate outdoor activities:

Newborns 

Take a walk around the neighbourhood, pointing out different smells, sounds, and sights. Talk, sing, and describe what you can see, hear, and smell. Talking to your baby from birth improves language processing and boosts future vocabulary. 

Babies 

Place a blanket or picnic rug on the grass and encourage your baby to explore tummy time in the fresh air. They'll encounter new things to see and hear. Plus, tummy time helps your little one develop strong neck and core muscles.

Toddlers 

Try a spring sensory walk. Take your toddler to a nearby park or nature space and encourage them to explore. Show them different plants, bugs, and birds. Encourage your child to touch and feel various natural textures, like the bark of a tree or the softness of grass.

These outdoor activities are a fun way to bond, learn, and enjoy nature. And always remember to make sure they're safe while exploring outside.

Have your own outdoor baby activity ideas? Share them with us in the comments below, or check out our other parenting tips!

 

References:

Bento, G., & Dias, G. (2017). The importance of outdoor play for young children's healthy development. Porto Biomedical Journal, 2(5), 157-160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbj.2017.03.003

Pellegrini, A. D., & Smith, P. K. (1998). The Development of Play During Childhood: Forms and Possible Functions. Child Psychology and Psychiatry Review, 3(2), 51-57. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-3588.00212
October 31, 2023 — Totli Australia

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