This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.
It started out with an idea for a craft made with crunchy leaves and those little helicopters that fall from maple trees. I’d send the kids out with a scavenger hunt list, and when they got back, we’d make a fun kids’ craft out of all those treasures. (A craft that could serve double duty as a blog post, even.)
Only that didn’t happen.
Because I just needed a minute. We needed a minute. A break. No work, no plans, no “right way” to do it. Just a few minutes outside, playing in the leaves.
And since IPEMA’s Voice of Play asked us to write about the importance of playing outside even when the temps start to drop, I decided to just go with the play flow.
Judging by these faces, I think it was a good choice (and long overdue.) The fall months provide such great weather for playing outdoors, and who needs toys when there are such jump-worthy leaf piles and trees just begging to be climbed?
Why prioritize play?
According to a recent NCBI article about the benefits of play time, physical exercise is only one of many positive effects of play. Other perks include everything from decreased stress chemicals in the body to social bonding and self-discovery. There’s really no denying that mental and emotional well-being are vital to overall health, and a little quality play time with the kids will elevate everyone’s happiness factor. So today, I leave you with nothing more than a challenge: to get outside with your kids, breathe a little fresh air, and let the power of play take over.
(But don’t forget your camera, because these are the smiles you’re going to want to save forever!)