01.22.20

Playing in the Woods

Sonia Thompson

Building forts, climbing trees, jumping in leaf piles or off a dock, and gazing at stars may sound like frivolous playtime activities, but it turns out that Mom was right. Going to play outside is actually beneficial for children.

According to Dr. Claire McCarthy, faculty editor at Harvard Health Publishing, there are several crucial ways children benefit from playing outside, including exposure to sunshine, exercise, executive function, taking risks, socialization, and appreciation of nature.

Splinter Creek offers 650 acres of rolling pine forest, three lakes, and miles of hiking trails for children to explore, learn, and grow in the great outdoors. So bundle them up and send them outside. Better yet, join them, and spend some much needed time in nature as a family.

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