Let kids play the day away

Kids playing the day away

Spring is here; so let's get the kids outside playing and having fun.

In a short space of time, childhood has changed into something most of us do not recognise.

If we pause, our own experience of childhood is likely to look very different to that of our children.

This current generation of working parents lead busy lives.

We look to technology and structured activities to entertain our children and help us manage our time. With the average backyard being reduced to courtyard size we are encouraging our kids indoors.

While it may feel like we are supplying our children with endless opportunities, what they have lost is the time and space to play, create, imagine and be bored.

Through spending time in nature, children not only engage all of their senses but it promotes a wide range of skills.

Going to a playground with your kids is not just about running around and being active, but it is also about learning social skills, executive functions, and behavioural skills.

Through play children learn to better regulate emotions, collaborate, gain self-confidence and build their resilience - a quality that will follow them throughout their lives.

There are also the health benefits to consider.

Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body, helping to maintain the health of bones and teeth as well as supporting the health of the immune system, brain and nervous system.

The best source of Vitamin D is direct UV from the sun. However, don't forget to be sun safe!

Check out the local playgrounds, skate ramps and bike trails in your neighbourhood and take the kids out for an afternoon of fun in the sun.

If you are looking for fun activities to do with your kids these coming school holidays, check our school holiday programs on the Mid Murray Council website - www.mid-murray.sa.gov.au

Natalie Davis,

Team leader community engagement,

Mid Murray Council