Why being outdoors is important for kids.

Part of every day at Lextended day is going outdoors, except in more extreme weather conditions.  We find the children are happier when we do and most have a real drive to be outside.  This is also a great opportunity for unstructured, imaginative play, gross motor skills, and opportunity for social and emotional development.    

Most research I see is in support of increased outdoor time.   This article shares a number of theories. 

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