Did you know that National Play Outside Day falls on the first
Saturday of every month?
So, this month, we can all celebrate this fun
day on December 3. At IonLoop, we encourage you to put down the electronics
(and all the positive ions they produce) and head outside for some much needed
time with the negative ions of nature!
If you live somewhere colder during these last
few months of the year, we know it can be hard to get outside to play. But
there is still so much you can do outside this time of year–regardless of
whether there is snow on the ground or not.
Things to do
outside in the winter
While the first official day of winter isn’t
until December 21, it is safe to say that temperatures suggest otherwise. But
this doesn’t have to restrict what you can do when it comes to play time
outside. As long as you bundle up with layers, you -- and your kids -- should
be ready to go!
There is no doubt that there are more fun
things to do outside in the summer, but there still are some exciting
activities to do outside in the winter, such as these creative games and outdoor these activities:
- Bubble freeze
- Ice building
- Snow olympics
- Snow paint
- Snowball target throw
- Sledding or tubing
- Snow maze
- Magnify snowflakes
- Why not…
- Go for a walk
- Ride your bike
- Play a game of basketball outside
- Create a scavenger hunt around
- Start a game of tag or
- Play catch
- Fly a kite
The possibilities are endless!
According to pediatric occupational therapist,
Angela Hanscom, “To be healthy, children
need several hours (not minutes!) of movement a day — preferably outdoors,
where the senses are fully alive and their bodies are free to move in many
Despite the fact that playing outside is a
better use of your time than laying on the couch or scrolling on your phone,
there are also tons of other great benefits for children and adults alike.
-Physical activity drives positive
-Fresh air and sunlight increase
circulation and vitamin D, boost immune systems, and promote overall wellness.
-Spending time in nature can also
contribute to healthy sleep patterns.
-Indoor environments can be a petri
dish, fostering an environment of germs and bacteria. Kids who spend more time
outdoors actually get sick less often and there is research that suggests being
cold may even trigger the immune system.
-Nature and play lowers stress
levels. Why, you might ask? Well, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical
reactions that increase the mood chemical, serotonin. Serotonin is
known to alleviate depression and relieve stress. Playing outside is one of the
best ways to get exposure to negative ions because of how negative ion-rich the
outdoor environment naturally is.