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8 Superb Reasons To Buy Kids Toys To Play Outside With!

Camping fun

Technology has come to play a huge role in our day-to-day lives, and while the internet provides us with an enormous wealth of information, it can also become addicting and overwhelming. For children, technology is a valuable learning tool, but there is nothing that can substitute for experiential learning and social growth, which to this day is still best discovered outside on the playground and with physical toys they can build and play with. Here are just a few reasons why getting your child off-line is a positive thing.

1. Grows their Imagination

When children play with physical toys that they build and create, such as Playmobil, they are not only having fun, they are using their imaginations to create a world in which these toys exist, function and are capable of extraordinary things. Computer games and technology create that world and rob kids from the chance to imagine new possibilities and adventures, which is an important stage of imaginative growth and mental development.

2. Interaction with Friends

Most video games and online games provide a false-sense of comradery, where kids don’t actually see and interact with the friends they are playing with. Getting your child out on the playground or in a sports league will help them to learn important parts of teamwork, sharing, and support.

3. Sensory Development

Playing with toys from a young age can provide babies and toddlers with important experiences for developing their senses, learning about different shapes, textures,colours, sounds and tastes. Just be sure the toys are safe for your child’s age (i.e. not too small to be swallowed).

4. Creates Better Behaviour

Outdoor play breaks provide kids with an opportunity to expel energy, which we know they are full of, and to interact with their peers. Allowing your kids time and space to play and interact with friends will mean they’re less likely to have outbreaks in the classroom.

5. Health

Playing outdoors and with physical toys means that kids are being active and aren’t merely sitting in front of a screen. Physical activity is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

6. Learn About Nature

Kids at Kubota Garden, 2003

One of the best ways to help your child is to bring them outside and teach them about the natural world. This can include fun things like gardening or nature walks, which will give them a better appreciation for the world around them.

7. Reasoning and Logical Thinking

Toys are a great way to develop the reasoning and logic skills of kids, especially ones that involve them building something—whether they must follow specific instructions or not.

8. Family Friendly Fun

Outdoor activities are far more family friendly than technology based games, encouraging positive family interactions. If you want to develop a stronger relationship with your kids, then some quality outdoor time is a great place to start.

These are just a few great reasons why you should ensure that your child gets away from the computer and outside to play with friends and toys.

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