058: What are the benefits of outdoor play?
Published February 25, 2018
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    This is the second in our extended series of episodes on children's play.  We kicked off last week with a look at the benefits of play in general for children, and now we're going to take a more specific look at the benefits of outdoor play.  Really, if someone could bottle up and sell outdoor play they'd make a killing, because it's hard to imagine something children can do that benefits them more than this.

    This episode also tees up our conversation, which will be an interview with Dr. Scott Sampson on his book How To Raise A Wild Child, which gives TONS of practical suggestions for getting outdoors with children.

     

    Other episodes referenced in this show

    How to scaffold children's learning to help them succeed

    Is a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool right for my child?

    Understanding the AAP's new screen time guidelines

    Raising your child in a digital world



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