Why Play Matters

Outdoor play is essential to the development of all children. Play is one of the primary ways kids come to understand the world around them. Play allows kids to release energy, push boundaries, connect with others and discover new things.


The Fact: Kids and Outdoor Play

0 %
of districts don’t require schools provide recess
0 %
of all preschoolers are not taken outdoors daily
0 %
of kids ages 9-13 play outside on their own

The benefits of outdoor play

  • Play helps children develop motor skills. It facilitates interaction between children and others, including parents & caregivers. It helps them learn creative thinking skills & how to solve problems. Children use their imagination during play to engage in the world around them, learning how to solve conflicts, share, & practice grown up roles. Also, it helps promote happiness.

    Wendy Pomerantz
    Wendy Pomerantz MD MS Clinical Pediatrics

Emotional Development

Building self-confidence and discovering the joy in conquering a challenge are possible when children play on our playgrounds.


Physical Development

Run, Climb, Jump! Physical exercise is the natural result of an afternoon at the playground.


Cognitive Development

Whether they’re solving a problem, playing a game, or planning their next move, critical thinking muscles are flexed all day at the playground.


Social Development

Playgrounds are the perfect place for children to make new friends, work together, and learn cooperation and sharing.


Sensory Development

Well-designed playgrounds activate all five senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell), but they don’t stop there. Many beneficial proprioceptive (special awareness) and vestibular (balance) experiences can also be found on playgrounds.


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