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Benefits of playing outside in winter

Benefits of playing outside in winter
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Benefits of playing outside in winter

As a leading provider of playground markings for schools, we understand the immense value that outdoor play brings to children, especially during the winter months. While the colder season might tempt schools and parents to keep children indoors, there are numerous benefits to embracing the outdoors, even in chillier temperatures. Our playground markings are designed not just to withstand the winter elements but to encourage active, engaging, and educational play all year round.

Benefits of playing outside during the colder months

Playing outside in winter contributes significantly to children’s physical health. The crisp winter air invigorates young bodies, encouraging more vigorous play and increasing cardiovascular circulation. This is particularly important in a time where sedentary lifestyles are increasingly common among children. Our playground markings are designed to promote physical activities such as hopscotch, sports, and agility games, ensuring that children are moving, jumping, and stretching, thereby strengthening their muscles and bones, even in the heart of winter.

Outdoor winter play could also contribute to boosting children’s immune systems. Regular exposure to a moderate cold can help children build resistance, reducing the likelihood of catching seasonal colds and flu. Our playground markings create an inviting and vibrant environment that entices children to step outside and engage in playful learning, regardless of the season.

Mental health is another area where outdoor winter play shows significant benefits. Shorter days and longer nights can lead to a decrease in sunlight exposure, which is closely linked to mood and overall mental well-being. Outdoor activity exposes children to natural light, helping to combat the winter blues and improve mood and focus. The colourful and interactive nature of our playground markings can be particularly uplifting, drawing children into a world of play and learning that brightens even the greyest winter day.

Educationally, the benefits of playing outside in winter are extensive. Our playground markings are designed to be not just fun, but also educational. They include markings for traditional games, as well as innovative designs that incorporate mathematical concepts, geographical exploration, and literacy games. Winter play on these markings means that learning doesn’t have to stop when the temperature drops; it simply moves into a more dynamic and stimulating environment.

Socially, outdoor play in winter is invaluable. It encourages children to work together, communicate, and solve problems in a setting that is different from the classroom. This can lead to improved teamwork and communication skills. The inclusive design of our playground markings ensures that children of all abilities can participate, fostering a sense of community and mutual respect among students.

Finally, our playground markings are designed with durability in mind, ensuring that they remain vibrant and engaging throughout the winter months. The high-quality materials used can withstand harsh weather conditions, ensuring that the benefits of outdoor play can be enjoyed all year round.

Speak to our team about encouraging outdoor play in colder weather

The benefits of playing outside in winter are extensive and impactful, touching upon physical, mental, educational, and social aspects of children’s development. At UniPlay, we are proud to support and promote outdoor winter play, providing schools with the resources they need to encourage a healthy, active, and joyful lifestyle for their students, regardless of the season.

To speak to a member of our team simply call 0333 321 6695 or email info@uni-play.co.uk and we will be in touch.

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