Kids and their toys. On average, kids spend over seven hours in front of a screen, while only four to seven minutes having unstructured play time outdoors. Everyone knows playing outside has important health benefits, but researchers are now saying more green time instead of screen time can be good for a child’s growing mind.
Researchers studied more than 2,500 kids, ages seven to ten, and found the kids who had more time outdoors improved their short term memory by as much as 28 percent.
So how can parents make sure their kids are getting enough time outside? Try activities that get kids involved with nature, such as camping, a walk in the park, or a treasure hunt in the back yard. Also, since kids spend a lot of time at school, parents can try pushing to turn an empty lot into a school garden, allowing kids to discover that learning doesn’t always have to be in a classroom.
Green spaces help to reduce air pollution and allergic reactions in children. The EPA has additional tips for parents on how to reduce air pollution in schools. Learn more at https://www.epa.gov/iaq-schools.