Outdoor playtime is every kid's happy place, and with the weather getting warmer and summer approaching, it's time to start setting up the Slip-N-Slide and get the the kids out of the house — finally. There's no doubt that exploring through nature and playing outside in the sunshine with their friends, siblings, and cousins is beneficial to our little ones. But how do you know if your child is spending enough time outdoors? Turns out, there are some signs your toddler needs to play outside more that you can look for.
Let's be honest, it's really easy to just keep the kids in the house during those long winter months. Especially if you're a family who doesn't have access to a backyard. But what does spending too much time indoors do to ours kids besides giving them (and us) cabin fever? I checked in with some of The Genius of Play experts — pediatric occupational therapist, Keri Wilmot, child psychologist Dr. Amanda Gummer, and Ellen Metrick, a human factors expert to see what some of the signs are. While it's basically impossible for kids to spend too much time playing outside, it is very possible — and probably a little too easy — for our kids to get used to things indoors.