Outside play lowers stress and increases focus in kids, experts say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- It's summer and parents, we're nearly four months into a life-altering pandemic.

The easiest thing to do is say, "Kids play in your room."

But, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the most beneficial thing to say is, "Kids let's play outside."

The AAP says outside play can be not only physically, but mentally healthy, as time outside lowers stress and increases focus.

AAP breaks down the benefits by different age groups.

They recommend for babies and toddlers, change playroom story time to outside story time.

Grab some books, especially if you have some that help kids learn more about nature, and take them outdoors.

For those preschoolers, they recommend making yard work fun.

Experts say it's an exercise in sensory input that can actually be calming for kids.

Lastly, for the bigger kids, they suggest a walk and talk.

It could be somewhat of a "check-in." Experts say the side-by-side conversation instead of the face-to face conversation may feel easier for the kids.

Watch the video above to see how some ABC13 kids enjoyed the expert tips!

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