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The Great Outdoors: Unveiling the Benefits for Children

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In today's fast-paced digital age, it's easy for children to become glued to screens, losing touch with the wonders of the natural world. Yet, amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life, there lies a treasure trove of benefits awaiting our children - outdoors. From fostering physical health to nurturing creativity and resilience, the great outdoors offers a plethora of advantages that extend far beyond the mere enjoyment of fresh air and sunshine.

Physical Health and Well-being

Engaging in outdoor play encourages movement and physical exertion, which are crucial for developing strong muscles and bones. Whether it's climbing trees, riding bikes, or simply running around, outdoor activities provide an opportunity for children to exercise in a fun and unstructured environment.

Moreover, exposure to natural sunlight allows children to soak up essential vitamin D, promoting healthy bone growth and immune function. Spending time outdoors also reduces the risk of obesity and associated health issues by encouraging active play and exploration.

Cognitive Development and Creativity

The great outdoors serves as a boundless playground for the imagination. According to Go Beyond children’s charity, unstructured outdoor play stimulates creativity and problem-solving skills in children. Unlike indoor environments with predetermined rules and limitations, nature offers infinite possibilities for exploration and discovery.

From building forts with fallen branches to identifying different plant species, outdoor experiences ignite curiosity and encourage children to think critically and creatively. Furthermore, exposure to natural stimuli such as varying landscapes, sounds, and textures enhances sensory perception and cognitive development.

Emotional Resilience and Mental Well-being

Nature possesses a remarkable ability to soothe the soul and calm the mind. In a 2012 study, researchers proved how nature exposure improves blood pressure, mental health, and sleep. In other words, spending time outdoors can have a profound impact on children's emotional well-being, promoting feelings of peace, tranquillity, and connectedness to the world around them.

In today's hyperconnected world, where children are often bombarded with stimuli and expectations, nature provides a sanctuary for relaxation and reflection. Whether it's listening to the gentle rustle of leaves or feeling the soft caress of a gentle breeze, outdoor environments offer moments of mindfulness and rejuvenation. This is why there’s purposefully no Wi-Fi or electricity available at Feather Down Farms – it’s the perfect place to switch off from daily pressures and enjoy the beauty of nature and benefits of being outdoors.

Furthermore, outdoor play fosters resilience by exposing children to challenges and uncertainties inherent in natural settings. From navigating uneven terrain to weathering unexpected changes in weather, children learn to adapt, problem-solve, and persevere in the face of adversity.

Social Interaction and Communication Skills

The great outdoors serves as a natural gathering place for children to socialize, collaborate, and form meaningful connections. This is key for Go Beyond on their short breaks and they highlight the importance of outdoor play in developing social skills such as cooperation, communication, and empathy.

Whether it's playing a game of tag with new friends or embarking on a nature hike with family, outdoor activities provide opportunities for children to interact with others in a relaxed and informal setting. Through shared experiences and adventures, children learn valuable lessons in teamwork, negotiation, and conflict resolution.


In a world increasingly dominated by screens and technology, the benefits of children spending time outdoors cannot be overstated. From promoting physical health and cognitive development to nurturing emotional resilience and social skills, the great outdoors offers a wealth of opportunities for children to learn, grow, and thrive.

However wild or peaceful our days, gazing up at dappled sunshine or sharing laughter under stars, warmed by the glow of a blazing campfire, this is where we find the true wonder of the outdoors.

As parents and caregivers, it is our responsibility to cultivate a love for nature and encourage outdoor exploration in children. By providing them with the freedom to roam, play, and discover the wonders of the natural world, we empower them to become healthy, happy, and well-rounded individuals capable of facing life's challenges with confidence and grace. So, let's step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and embark on an adventure filled with endless possibilities.

We've partnered with children's charity Go Beyond as part of their Great British Welly Stomp to support their vital work offering outdoor short breaks to vulnerable children, where they leave their worries behind and discover a life that’s full of fun, laughter and imagination. To be in with a chance to win a 3-night Feather Down stay, enter the competition here before 27th March.