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2 Responses to Why Outdoor Play Boosts Children’s Happiness

  1. Jenny

    I love his article and everything it stands for. What if you have a child that dislikes playing outdoors and only wants to stay in?? I have a 2.5 year old and I’d love to be outside all day and she’s the opposite! It’s like pulling teeth!

    • Ariadne Brill

      Hi Jenny, I wonder if you can try doing some typical indoor activities outdoors? Could you take a blanket outside and do some puzzles or read board books on it? Throwing leaves in the air in the fall, searching for rocks or some simple water play can also be quite fun for 2.5 year olds. Another point to reflect on is how you are transitioning from indoors to outdoors…Is it rushed or calm…does your little one get to take some time to put on shoes, find a toy to take along etc…the more the transition can be a calm activity of its own, the more young children are able to follow along. Hope that helps.