By Meghann Cassibo, OTR/L

Outdoor play is an important occupation for children.

Play helps to support the health, development, and well-being of children. Children who spend less time outside have more difficulty concentrating. Play is a form of exercise for children and helps to aid in self-exploration and creativity. Playing outside enhances social participation and opportunities to develop friendships.

Outdoor play can also assist with gross motor, fine motor, and self-regulation skills. It is important to try to get outside every day to help reduce stress, boost your immune system, and increase attention.

Below are some examples of outdoor play activities you can complete this summer:

  • Building forts
  • Climbing trees
  • Playing in mud
  • Swinging
  • Running
  • Sliding
  • Rolling up and down hills
  • Biking
  • Jumping rope
  • Playing with chalk
  • Hopscotch
  • Water balloons
  • Collecting sticks, rocks, and leaves
  • Playing in sand
  • Playing catch
  • Swimming
  • Nature walk

For patients in need of physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy, Rainy Lake Medical Center offers a wide range of treatment options right here in International Falls.

Our highly qualified therapists evaluate and treat health problems resulting from injury and disease, and promote optimal health and wellness. Our primary goal is to empower people in our community to heal their body, meet their goals, and improve their life, right here at home.

Questions? Call us at 218.283.5420.