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JULY 2019

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When you were a child, you might remember that the street lights turning on was your cue to go home. Today, many kids don’t have the same opportunity to just play. Experts tell us it's important that children develop independence and experience freedom. Risky play is an excellent way to do this. Read on to learn more about what risky play is, how it increases self-confidence, and how to create a plan for incorporating it into your child’s day.

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Active for Life podcast: Dr. Mariana Brussoni on the value of risky play

Active for Life editor-in-chief Richard Monette talked with Dr. Mariana Brussoni, an expert on risky play for children. Dr. Brussoni is also an expert on parents’ anxiety around risky play and she shared many tips to help you enable your children to take part in active free play.

Studies show spending time outdoors can improve children’s attention spans

Recent studies show that spending time in nature can improve focus and reduce stress for your child. Active for Life shares some resources to help you and your family enjoy the many health benefits of being outdoors.

How to help children connect with nature

The value of time spent in the outdoors is broad: children who play in nature have better grades in school, greater focus, better cognitive function, and more creativity. Here are six specific ways you can expose your kids to the benefits of play in nature.

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Turn your kids into active, nature ninjas with this fun twist on a scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunts are a fun, innovative way to get kids outside and interacting with their environment. Suggest your child try to find natural objects in the outdoors, then pair the discovery with a physical activity. For example: find a puddle and jump in it. This article shares 10 ideas for creating your own nature-based scavenger hunt.

Link of the month

This interactive website provides guidance to parents and caregivers for how to help kids explore risk in outdoor play settings in a safe manner. After exploring the resources, you’ll have greater confidence in allowing your children to experience the freedom and benefits of adventures outside.
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