The Benefits of Using Your Imagination Outdoors!

Let's Play Outside: The Importance of Pretend Play in Natural Settings by Marisa Lark Wallin.


What is the difference between indoor vs outdoor play? In this article, Wallin describes her experience of observing imaginative play with children outdoors and the benefits.


Key Insights

  • Research shows that children who regularly participate in imaginative play are able to better “regulate their emotions and implement creative problem-solving.”

  • During imaginative play, children are “strengthening their abilities to connect to other people in healthy, productive ways.”

  • In open environments, children's imaginative play becomes “more complex and sustained.”

  • When play stretches, so do children's brains!


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