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3 Outdoor Activities for Kids that Build Brains and Bodies

Remember when you were young? You hopped, skipped, and tumbled through your backyard, neighborhood park, and front garden. Playing with abandon, outdoors and in nature, was really good for you—and continues to be great for your kids.There’s growing evidence that outdoor activities for kids are hardwired into their DNA. The need to play outdoors is fundamental and essential to social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Rough and tumble, creative, and imaginary play, particularly outdoors, contributes to brain connections and the myelination of your child’s neurons—a process that is vital to healthy brain function, according to Zero to Three. The lesson? Play now, play later, and play more.