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Playing outside is good for the kids.

By ITS Education Asia


Happy kids playing in the wooden playground during the daytime Free Photo

The Science Alert website reports that an experiment in Finland proves that playing through the greenery in the undergrowth of a forest can change a child’s immune system.

Daycare workers in Finland rolled out a lawn, planted forest undergrowth such as dwarf heather and blueberries, and allowed children to care for crops in planter boxes. The diversity of microbes in the guts and on the skin of young kids appeared healthier in a very short space of time. 

Compared to other city kids who play in standard urban daycares with yards of pavement, tile and gravel, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds at these greened-up daycare centres in Finland showed increased T-cells and other important immune markers in their blood within 28 days. 

University of Helsinki scientist, Aki Sinkinnon says “It would be best if children play in puddles and everyone could dig organic soil.

 

 

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