Being outside is really beneficial to babies, toddlers and children because humans are designed to spend much of their time outdoors as hunter-gatherer societies would have. This outdoor lifestyle would have allowed for plenty of fresh air and sun-exposure which are important for our health; for example, sun-exposure causes the body to produce vitamin D and without regular exposure to natural sunlight we risk becoming deficient in this important vitamin which increases bone density. As a result of less time being spent outdoors, some health services now recommend supplementation from birth to avoid the risk of rickets, a condition that had been on the rise.
As well as vitamin D, being outside causes the human body to produce more serotonin the ‘feel-good’ or ‘happy’ hormone that prevents depression and eases anxiety. For children, in particular, being outside helps to set their circadian rhythm, or wake-sleep pattern, and what parent wouldn’t like a child who slept more at night!? Physical play is incredibly important for children’s overall health and development and this tends to happen more naturally outside. However, many children are quite resistant to the idea of simply going on a walk, so you may need to find some ways to encourage them to play outdoors and stay active. That’s where these toys come in, we’ve brought together some of the Best Outdoor Playsets and Toys available in 2021 so that you can encourage children out into the great outdoors. Before we get to the list of outdoor playsets and toys, here are a few features you should look out for when selecting what to buy;