Children’s minds are very much like little sponges. Their growing brains can absorb all kinds of ideas and build on capabilities just by observing their surroundings. Language is one of the many skills kids develop just by stepping outside to play with neighborhood friends. It is a known fact that children learn through physical activities, and there is so much more to experience when they step outside the front door.
Whether through navigating playground equipment, imaginative games, or team sports, your child learns new words every day while interacting outside with changing environments and other children. They are exposed to new things and can use their senses to further describe what they are seeing, feeling, and hearing to develop their speech.
Outside Play and Language Development
There are many things inside the home, but the outdoors is much more diverse. It is important to understand the benefits of taking your child outside early on to discover ways to grow their language capabilities.
According to a social and behavioral science study by Habibe Acar, as children explore their surroundings, they learn how their environment is affected by different actions and behaviors. And as a result, their language grows along with their knowledge. Being outdoors supports their development by making the object of their learning more real or intense. When a child can physically experience something, it makes it easier for them to speak about it.
Often, children are cooped up in school buildings or inside homes, and they miss out on the opportunity to naturally expand their vocabulary. We now know that children become socialized and learn more through situations they encounter out in the world. If they can see, touch, smell, and taste it, the understanding becomes ingrained in language. So enhance your child’s language development with outdoor play in a variety of spaces from the backyard to local parks and travel.
Outside Activities to Inspire New Words
There are many types of outdoor play activities that support language development. For example, Let’s Go Outside Box creates monthly activity boxes to help inspire kids to talk while they:
- Play with other children on playgrounds
- Engage in role-playing games (like Simon says)
- Go on nature walks
- Play with toys in the grass or inside a sandbox
- Tend a garden
- Walk around a zoo or experience barn animals
These experiences not only aid children in language development but offer mental, physical, and character-building benefits. Learn more about it in our article on The Benefits of Nature Play.
Tools for Parents
Let’s Go Outside Box is your resource to help get children outside playing and increasing language development in no time! We recommend trying our monthly activity boxes for fun outdoor activities for all ages. Come join our Facebook community, where we offer ways to make learning more fun!
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