PLAYING IN OPEN SPACES
Children require a lot of physical activity. It gives them an opportunity to use their muscles in swinging, jumping, skating and cycling. And there's no better place than the great outdoors.
You’ll notice that your little one may prefer to use their entire body when playing outside. So make sure they're dressed for the right conditions, as this sort of physical activity as their greatest source of discovery.
Germs are all around us. They can get onto our hands and items we touch during everyday activities and make your child prone to illness.
Always clean yours and your child’s hands with an antibacterial hand sanitizer*. Wipe surfaces with an antibacterial wipe. These are key steps you must take to avoid the spread of germs and ensure you and your children are protected.
General Safety Tips
- Do not leave your children outside unattended.
- Teach your little one not to play near the road.
- Train them to ask for help if their ball or toy rolls out of a safe area.
- Perform routine checks to the outdoor play area: remove all trash, sharp twigs or branches, pointy garden tools and animal feces.
Why play outside?
Children are naturally fascinated by the outdoors, and this is because of the following reasons:
- It allows them to discover their environment.
- It develops their muscles and coordination.
- It helps them gain self-confidence.
- It increases flexibility and motor skills.
In general, playing outdoors contributes to the development of their physical skills including athletic skills.
Advice from Dettol Professionals
Dettol Professionals believe in taking creative measures to allow your child a full exploration of the outdoors:
- Let them play in the sand box or in mud, and use shovels and hoses – they’ll find this extremely enjoyable.
- Allow them to do a little gardening. When they’re a little older, ask them to help you dig holes and place plant seeds. This is an excellent early opportunity to introduce your child to the miracle of life.
- Accompany them on their “tour de home”: they’ll show interest in walking around the house. As long as they are enjoying it, keep a close eye and watch out for anything they might put in their mouth.
- When it comes to swings, placing them there to push themselves back and forth, or pushing them yourself will activate all their muscles. This is because they will make an effort to balance themselves and coordinate the rhythm of their body to and fro.
- Make sure they are strapped in properly as they embark on their journey of discovering the world from a different perspective. (The swing must have a backrest)
- Toys that require coordination and balance, such as skates or bicycles, are extremely beneficial for your child. In addition to building skills and growing their self-confidence, they will most importantly quench their thirst for discovery.
*Children must use Dettol Hands Sanitizer under adult supervision.
Simple, fast and effective, Dettol Instant Hand Santiser protects against 99.9% of germs. With no need for soap or water, it’s a great hygiene solution for mums and families needing on the go protection, whilst leaving your hands feeling refreshed & non-sticky.