A simple sandpit, swing or cubby house in the backyard are all that are needed to help preschoolers get enough outdoor playtime at home, according to new research led by The University of Western Australia.
The study published in the Public Health Research & Practice by the Sax Institute looked at home-based outdoor play in nearly 1600 Perth preschoolers on days when they were not in childcare.
The researchers clocked the time children spent playing outdoors against a number of factors, including backyard size, outdoor features (grassed or paved areas, trees, gardens), fixed play equipment (climbing structures, playhouses, sandpits, swings, trampolines) and portable play items (balls, flying discs, scooters, etc.).
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