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The great outdoors offers so much for children. With endless possibilities for exploring, what can be better? It’s both fun and beneficial to building kids’ personal skills! At PGL we love seeing kids enjoy the outdoors. All of our adventure holidays feature an exciting collection of activities to enjoy.

The importance of outdoor play in early years

Why is outdoor play important? Well, it’s are super important for the development of children. Here are some reasons why!

Boosts confidence

Heading out and playing with friends can really help boost the confidence of kids. Becoming comfortable with the outdoor environment and making up fun activities can support them in their future growth. They feel a tremendous amount of self-confidence from overcoming challenges, even as simple as climbing a tree!

Develops independence skills

Outdoor play is often a time for kids to explore without parents watching over them. It allows them to learn things for themselves and find out what they can and can’t do. When kids are playing out, it’s up to them to figure out the day for themselves. Will they make sure to get some lunch from the shops? Or maybe they’ll come back home.

Builds on their social skills

Whether kids are playing out with a group of friends or just one, it’s still building on their social skills. This is something we focus on at PGL with our variety of activities that encourage teamwork.

Ways to get your kids enjoying the outdoors

With the ever-growing use of digital devices, the importance of outdoor play in early years can’t be stressed enough. Here are some of our tips for getting kids hooked on enjoying the outdoors.

Take them out on walks

Simple, but effective! Taking your kids out on adventurous walks can help them appreciate the outdoors, potentially encouraging them to spend more time in the great outdoors. You can play games along the way, or even set a goal for your adventure like looking out for animals. Walking can be lots of fun!

Book them onto an outdoor adventure

At PGL we get kids that come to camp that are both shy and confident. Our outdoor adventures benefit both equally! Camps feature a melting pot of personalities which is perfect for the development of children, making new friends and learning from others.

Encourage them to take a break from devices

Watching TV? Playing on their phones? Perhaps incorporate a break from digital devices during the day and encourage them to play in the garden or head out with friends. It’s easy for kids to stay inside and be entertained by the devices at home, so scheduling in time to get them away from these can be extremely beneficial for getting them to explore the outdoors.

Book an adventure camp for your kids today!

Now you know the importance of outdoor play in early years, why not take a look at our outdoor adventure camps? At PGL, we have a range of adventure-filled camps over the school holidays, including multi-activity holidayswatersports camps and more. Our camps have been running for over 66 years! So, we know a thing or two about adventure. You can browse all of our children’s adventure holidays here.

We have plenty of camps running throughout the school holidays. So, get in touch with our friendly and experienced team today to see how we can help. It’s never too late to book!

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