Outdoor Play Benefits

Children are spending increasingly less time playing outdoors.  Research has shown that children who play outdoors regularly are happier, healthier, and stronger. Learn about some of the health benefits and get ideas for fun outdoor activities!

Encouraging children to get outside, get moving, and connect with the natural world are all ways to reverse childhood obesity rates. But, the benefits don’t stop there. Kids who play outside are happier, healthier, and stronger! Outdoor Play Benefits» [PDF, 910KB]

Outdoor Play Benefits. Head Start Body Start. National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play. n.d. English. [PDF, 910KB]

Last Reviewed: June 2013

Last Updated: October 8, 2014