There is definitely something magical about the outdoors that ignites some fire in your child. No matter the weather, children will always want to play outside. There are just a lot of things that they can do and explore that no amount of cold winds, rain, heat, or snow will ever stop them from doing so.
While outdoors, children have been found to spend most their energy there. Usually, some parents believe this to be caused by the fresh air that is wearing them down. In any case, even among babies, you find them to be easily worn down and can sleep better after walking them around your neighborhood or having them play a bit by just sitting under a tree.
Naturally, children are both curious and active. By letting them go outdoors, you can satisfy the both of these needs all at the same time. They make up their own games that let them climb, jump, or run outside. While outside, they also play faster and louder. You see, by letting them play outside you are strengthening their muscles, opening up their minds to more imaginations, and expanding their lungs.
In terms of outdoor play, you need to understand that for kids, it does not matter at all what toys they have and what they do not have. When they go outdoors, there is a whole new set of games and rules that they must follow. Take, for example, a troublesome or bored child indoors might turn out be actively engaged and more well behaved in a group while outdoors.
Just in your own backyard, there are actually a number of outdoor activities that you can introduce to your child to stimulate their imaginative thinking. You can let them explore the world from running after birds, looking at squirrels, and bug, and even just letting them blow the seeds from a dandelion puff. While outdoors, your child will see sand, dirt, flowers, and trees to explore and see. You also have some falling snow or falling leaves all depending on the season that will all provide some play time and entertainment for your child.
When you introduce your child the feel of the grass for the very first time, the whole experience can be both upsetting and new for them. If you introduce it to them at an earlier age, they might find it still, painful, and sharp. During these times, it is best that you give them a playpen or mat that they can play on to protect their delicate skin all the while making sure that they can still enjoy some outdoor play.
Usually, some older children go into sports as part of their after-school activities. Such organized activities help in keeping them active the entire school year; however, there are some children that feel lost when the school year ends. Though such activities are great for children, you should still let them explore some outdoor activities that do not require for them to keep up at a structured time. This helps in still expanding their imaginations. Furthermore, this also helps in keeping them active outside of the more structured setting and time of school. They will certainly be in touch with the children in your neighborhood and make new friends with them that they can share a common interest with.