Health Tip: Encourage Safe Exploring Outdoors

Suggestions for interacting with nature

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(HealthDay News) -- Exploring the great outdoors helps toddlers learn about the world around them, but it's important to create a safe environment without the risk of injury.

The Nemours Foundation suggests how to promote safe outdoor play for toddlers:

  • Offer different types of balls to encourage learning to kick, catch and throw.
  • Encourage your toddler to feel the bark on trees and examine leaves.
  • Offer your toddler chalk, and let him or her draw on the driveway.
  • Plan a picnic lunch at a park, playground or backyard with other parents and children to give the kids a chance to socialize and play with others.

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