Playing during a Pandemic: Why children need outdoor play more than ever.

Nila Joshi, Michelle Stone

Abstract


Outdoor play is fundamental to children’s physical, mental, and socio-emotional development. However, with the sudden emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, several restrictions have been put in place limiting the way children play, which has unfortunately impacted their physical and emotional health and well being. This  commentary discusses why outdoor play is critical in helping children adapt to the uncertainty presented by COVID-19, and how outdoor play serves as a mechanism for children to keep physically and mentally well.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15273/hpj.v1i1.10581

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