For Parents Toddlers

7 Reasons Why Children Need Outdoor Play

Children today spend about 4 hours a week on average playing outside, about half the time their parents did playing outdoors. A large amount of time spent indoors is a contributing factor to myopia and other health problems.


Outdoor play is not only beneficial, but it is necessary for young children to grow and develop healthily. Hence, it is recommended that children between two to five years old get at least two hours of outdoor physical exercise daily.

There are numerous benefits of letting your children play outdoors. Here are seven of them:

1. Playing outdoors builds their immune system
Did you know that certain child allergies stem from being in an environment that is too sterile? Going overboard with sanitising reduces natural exposure to all sorts of microbes. Children who play outdoors are exposed to grass, sand, mud which balances their immune system.

2. Outdoor play is perfect for engaging all their senses
A multi-sensorial experience, outdoor play is more than sweating it out. Children can smell the fragrance of flowers, feel a variety of textures from smooth (pebbles, leaves) to rough (tree bark, branches), see and observe insects and butterflies and hear the bustling sounds of nature. All of which is not fully possible in an indoor play area.


Your child is learning as he watches the world around him, taking in new knowledge through outdoor play. Check out these free and fun places in Singapore that promise to excite your kids!

3. Outdoor play is beneficial to health and growth
Exposure to sunlight lets your child can get sufficient Vitamin D. Vitamin D promotes bone health and helps to prevent diabetes and heart disease.

Grounding, or, earthing is an activity where your child walks barefoot on natural surfaces such as on the grass, mud or sand. Direct contact with the earth can energise the body and promotes general well-being.

Sand playing in the outdoors involves multiple senses and improves your child’s motor skills.


4. Outdoor play is stress-relieving
Playing outside is one-way children can expend their pent-up energy and emotions from being indoors for long stretches. Green outdoor spaces are great for healing and relaxation as natural light elevates moods which directly affects your child’s mood and temperament.

5. Ignites curiosity about nature and our environment
There are lots of things to be learnt about nature. Instead of learning solelyfrom books, bring your child out to a park where they can observe nature in front of them. It may be dew on a blade of grass, a spider spinning its web or a butterfly breaking out from its cocoon. As children are naturally inquisitive, they will be tempted to find out more about what they’ve observed.Be prepared to answer to your curious little one’s why’s and how’s, mums and dads!


For toddlers, you can print out these FREE printables specially created by Einmilk and go on a scavenger hunt in the park, or, explore your neighbourhood!

Blowing on dandelions can be a fascinating activity for young children, and opens up an outdoor adventure for them.

6. Outdoor play helps children sleep better
The amount and quality of sleep that we get is influenced by the amount of light we are exposed to in a day. Artificial light interferes with our circadian rhythms, or sleep-wake cycles, and getting enough sunlight can help the body to adjust the cycles.

7. Outdoor play promotes creativity and imagination
When outdoors, children can have unstructured play, where they can make up their own games with their own rules, or embark onpretend play withitemsfrom nature. A tree branch can be a wand or writing tool. Pebbles can be stacked up to become stone castles.

Being in control of the activities he takes part can be a boost to his confidence.

Outdoor play provides children with the opportunity to observe nature up close.


After an outdoor play session, be sure to replenish your child’s energy levels with a glass ofEinmilkformula milk, which contains nucleotides that are beneficial to babies and toddlers.


What’s your child’s favourite outdoor play? Do tell us in the comments below!

Family Fun Toddlers

Let’s Play: Explore your Neighbourhood (Free Printables)

Print a copy of this and fill in the missing letters with your child.
Take a walk around the neighbourhood and circle the objects and animals spotted along the way.
Describe the colours, features and sounds to your child. As an added activity, have your child
take photos of the objects that are spotted!
Theme: In the Neighbourhood


Activity Experience

This exploration activity encourages parent-child bonding, parent-child communication and invokes your child’s natural innate curiosity. The activity also familiarises your child with the proper spelling of commonly seen objects and animals.

Start by assisting your child to fill in the blanks. Then, bring your child around your neighbourhood and point out the objects and animals that are listed in the printable. Describe the sounds that you hear on the trip e.g. beeping of traffic light countdown timer, sparrows chirping, cats meowing etc.

As an extra dose of fun for budding photographers, let your child to take photos of the objects and animal(s) spotted during the trip. This serves as a precious memory for your special time together too!

This activity promotes observational skills, sharpens vocabulary and literacy as they learn about the items in their external environment away from home. Enjoy teaching and bonding with your little ones!

Family Fun Toddlers

Let’s Play: Scavenger Hunt at the Park (Free Printables)

Wander into the great outdoors and visit your nearest park to explore its sights and sounds.

Are you ready to hunt for these items below? Let your kids point out, touch or hold some of these items for a multi-sensorial learning adventure! Put a ✓ inside the circle when they are spotted!


Activity Experience

Get closer to nature and discover both living creatures and non-living elements found in the park with your children. This scavenger hunt activity hopes to encourage families to spend time playing in the outdoors, while discovering more about the natural environment.

Introduce each picture and word to your child, and explain that he or she would have to look out for them in the park. The search encourages your child to observe and pay attention to his or her surroundings. As you “hunt” for each item, let your child explore the park through his eyes – pick up a stone, or, watch a trail of busy ants. This lets him absorb new information in a different setting, as he watches what others are doing, and the little details that he or she do not usually see. Start a conversation with your tot when you see him or her excited about his new discovery – a caterpillar, perhaps? Communication is always a great way to pick up new vocabulary, share stories and learn new connections. This hands-on learning and sensorial experience promotes the development of mental and visual connection between the brain and eyes. Have fun exercising both body and minds together!