The great value of the outdoor games

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Published: 03rd December 2010
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There is no such a pleasant sound as a noise of children playing in a carefree manner out there. But it’s sad to say that these times children’s noise can be heard less and less. In the big cities is so hard to let the children play on the streets. There are so many cars passing through but also the parents are scared that someone could take away their child; they seriously worry about their security, what is not strange at all because every day we hear stories about kidnapping, burglaries, murders… On other hand the time spent in school has increased, the video games has came out…

The security is important but also there is another important thing – the health of the children. According to experts, a lack of physical activity can lead to many psychological and health problems like obesity and also these children are typically deprived of social interactions and natural stimulation. Outgoing games offer many benefits which include exercise and improving physical coordination. Children could also develop their memory and perceptual skills or just have fun which is also one of the most important benefits.

When we speak about children, playing outside is one of the best ways to boost their self-esteem. This is the best, spontaneous way to learn about the qualities of leadership and cooperation. The professionals also say that children who play outside for an average of 90 minutes per day in good weather later in life have less risk of heart trouble.

Now when we remind you that games take an equal and integral part in the overall growth of the kids, it’s time to take your children somewhere in nature and let them have fun, if they can’t do that in their surroundings. Here are some of the most interesting outdoor games that have been passed from generation to generation.

Hidden object games are great, but probably the most favourite game is Hide and seek. It’s about the game in which one seeker counts to 20 while the other children hide. The last player who is found becomes the new seeker. The game has its own variations in different places.

In flashlight Hide and seek the seeker takes the flashlight turned off and seeks out the children. When he finds a hidden player he turns on the flashlight and the child who was found takes the flashlight - turned of - and goes to find another player who is hiding.

Tag games are excellent too. In its simplest form, all the children chase one person, who‘s going to catch him will run away next. One variation says that when a player is tagged, he puts his hand on the spot where he was touched and keeps it there while he chases the other players.

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