Readers — These studies discussed at Inhabitots seem to support what a lot of us feel in our guts: That outdoor play is probably very key, and taking it away in favor of more “safety” or more “education” has caused us a number of ills. Ironically, our kids are LESS safe (from depression, diabetes, obesity…) and LESS educated (about the natural world and all the things it makes you wonder about). So read this while you send your kids outside, perhaps this Saturday on Take Our Children to the Park…And Leave Them There Day! Â – L
Amazing but true, a new study, published in the journalÂ Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, shows thatÂ kids who regularly play in outdoor green spacesÂ have milder Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms than those who play regularly indoors or in built outdoor environments. This study back upÂ previous studiesÂ that show howÂ kids majorly benefit from green spaces; i.e. spaces with plenty of grass and trees. For example, research posted byÂ The Morton ArboretumÂ shows that ADHD symptoms in children are relieved after contact with nature, asthma symptoms are reduced, and kids who play outdoors have less stress. Specifically, as related to ADHD, past research shows thatÂ kids experiencing ADHDÂ can concentrate better, complete tasks better, and follow directions better after playing in a natural green space. Plus, the greener the setting, the more symptom relief.
To calm down, kids need a hit of grass. (And trees. And flowers…)