Why it’s Important to Spend Time Outdoors

Why it’s Important to Spend Time Outdoors

May 15, 2020

With most of our days spent indoors self-isolating due to the current health crisis, it's easy for our kids to get attached to their tech gadgets, while forgetting about the world outside. While it is crucial to stay indoors for our safety, it's also our responsibility as parents to remind our children about the importance of the great outdoors. Of course, if you can afford to step outside every now and then, they you should definitely take the opportunity.

That being said, here are some key reasons why time spent outdoors is important for you and your family's wellbeing.

 

It Keeps Them Active

 

Did you know that, according to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, it's recommended that children aged 5-11 get at least an hour of physical activity each day? Although you can get some physical activity inside, nothing quite compares to the generous and gorgeous space that the outdoors provide. Indeed, as we've previously shared in our 'SIMPLICITY OF HAVING FUN!' post, the outdoors allows you to enjoy a wealth of simple yet incredibly fun activities, such as kite-flying, puddle jumping, and even tree-climbing. Taking your children outside is not only a fantastic way to get some exercise; it also helps them enhance their motor skills.

Puddle jump rain boots

Our Rain Boots are great for outdoor activities!

 

It Enhances Their Learning


Beyond its physical benefits, the great outdoors can also do wonders for your kids' cognitive skills. In a study published in the Frontiers in Psychology Journal, researchers found that incorporating nature in children's studies can help boost their academic performance. This is because a green environment helps them learn in a truly calm and quiet setting, which allowed them to improve their critical thinking, leadership, and perseverance. In this regard, you can start by encouraging your child to do their homework in the garden, balcony, or patio (if you have one) to really reap nature's cognitive benefits.

Gardening vegan kids

 

It Fosters Their Social Development


Nowadays, most kids are spending their time either playing video games or browsing the Internet — but this can unfortunately put a strain on their development, as they are mostly done in isolation. In contrast, a study from the University of Lethbridge explains that real-life playing can give your child a brain boost, as it supports creativity and teamwork. This is further supported by findings from Maryville University psychologists, who continue to emphasise the strong link between cognitive development and mental wellness. Of course, it only makes sense that a stimulated brain equals a healthy mind — and what better way to do all of this than outdoors? Not only will it provide your child

Uv wear kids playing

Keep them protected from the sun with our UV wear.

 

It Gives Them Peace of Mind


Speaking of mental health, it goes without saying that taking care of your child's mental wellbeing is of the utmost importance, given today's climate. True enough, the Canadian Institute for Health Information reveals that 10 to 20 percent of Canadian children are likely to develop a mental disorder. But don't fret, as spending quality time outside can do a world of good for your child's mental health.

As shared by researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, contact with nature during childhood reduces the risk of experiencing nervousness and depression during adulthood. On that note, feel free to take them hiking, or spend time in the backyard with the whole family. All in all, immersing your child in nature helps them cultivate a strong sense of peace that they'll carry throughout their journey in life.

father and son play

 

Written by: Jane Brie



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AWARDS & PRESS

AWARDS & PRESS

Stonz as recognized through awards, by the press and as seen in the media.


AWARDS


Stonz products have received numerous awards over the years, having been tested by savvy reviewers and professionals based on value, functionality, quality and product appeal. In addition to the below, Stonz products have been recognized by Creative Child Magazine, Red Tricycle, the National Parenting Center and others. 

 

Stonz Booties are certified by the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association as a product that promotes the development of young feet

Canadian Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Approval

Stonz Booties are certified by the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association as a product that promotes the development of young feet.




Creative Child Magazine Awards

The Stonz Sun Suit was named the 2018 Product of the Year in the Outdoor Play Apparel category, while our Baby Mitts received a 2018 Preferred Choice Award by Creative Child Magazine.


Stonz Scout Winter Boots were awarded the 2018 Product of the Year award for Winter Footwear. 

Baby Maternity Magazine Awards

Stonz Scout Winter Boots were awarded the 2018 Product of the Year award for Winter Footwear. Our Sun Suit also received the 2018 Preferred Choice Award for Sun Protection Apparel, as voted by new moms and moms-to-be.


Stonz Booties were awarded with the PTPA Seal of Approval.

PTPA Seal of Approval

Stonz Booties were awarded with the PTPA Seal of Approval.


Stonz Awards - Mom's Best Award Winner

Mom's Best Award

The Mom's Best Award for Fantastic Products recognizes the best of the best in juvenile products, toys and media as evaluated by moms.


Stonz Baby Booties have been recognized by iParenting as a top baby product.

iParenting Award

Stonz Baby Booties have been recognized by iParenting as a top baby product.

 

PRESS


Here are just some of the latest mentions of Stonz in the media.

 

November 2018

Stonz as featured by Business Insider

‘The Best Kids' Snow Boots You Can Buy’
Featuring our Trek Winter Boots.
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November 2018

Stonz as featured by KTLA

‘Hacks for Those Travelling With Kids’
A segment with Mom blogger Jessica Hall.
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November 2018

Stonz as featured by Business Insider

‘The Best Mittens You Can Buy’
Featuring our Baby Mitts as best mittens for babies.
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October 2018

Stonz as featured by Pop Sugar

‘Best Products for Babies and Kids’
Featuring our Toddler Booties.
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February 2018

Stonz was features at Today's Parent - ‘36 Adorable Rain Boots for Kids’

‘36 Adorable Rain Boots for Kids’
April showers don't have to be gloomy.
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November 2017

Stonz is feature on CTV News clip "Mompreneurs share their top holiday picks for kids."

CTV News Hour Ottawa – ‘Top Pics’

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August 2017

Stonz introduces sun-sational UPF line on Earnshaw's article.

‘Sun Savvy’

Stonz introduces sun-sational UPF line.
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SPOTTED IN STONZ


Some familiar faces spotted in Stonz products!

Molly Sims

Model and actress Molly Sims’ kids are having a blast in their Stonz Rain Boots!

Model and actress Molly Sims’ kids are having a blast in their Stonz Rain Boots!

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin’s little ones are loving their Stonz gear!

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin’s little ones are loving their Stonz gear!


Eva Chen

Eva Chen's adorable son Tao wants to share his Stonz Rain Boots with mom!

Eva Chen's adorable son Tao wants to share his Stonz Rain Boots with mom!


Busy Philipps

Actress Busy Philipps’ daughter is rainy day ready in her Stonz Rain Boots and Liners!

Actress Busy Philipps’ daughter is rainy day ready in her Stonz Rain Boots and Liners!


James Van Der Beek

Actor James Van Der Beek’s daughter Olivia was spotted looking rain ready in her Stonz Rain Boots!

Actor James Van Der Beek’s daughter Olivia was spotted looking rain ready in her Stonz Rain Boots!


Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen, of Parenthood fame, took her daughter for a Fall outing wearing her Polka Dot Booties!

Erika Christensen, of <i>Parenthood </i>fame, took her daughter for a Fall outing wearing her Polka Dot Booties!


Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff dressed her son Luca in his Blue Stonz Rain Boots. We love those smiling faces!

Hilary Duff dressed her son Luca in his Blue Stonz Rain Boots. We love those smiling faces!


Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris took his two little ones out for a stroll in NYC, with his daughter decked out in Stonz natural rubber Rain Boots!
Neil Patrick Harris took his two little ones out for a stroll in NYC, with his daughter decked out in Stonz natural rubber Rain Boots!


Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner's youngest daughter Seraphina was spotted in Stonz Booties in the polka dot brown design. She also has the Stonz polka dot brown fleece hat to match!

Jennifer Garner's youngest daughter Seraphina was spotted in Stonz Booties in the polka dot brown design. She also has the Stonz polka dot brown fleece hat to match!


Halle Berry

Another one of our favorite famous moms, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, was spotted buying a pair of Stonz booties for her daughter Nahla at Circle Craft in Vancouver.

Another one of our favorite famous moms, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, was spotted buying a pair of Stonz booties for her daughter Nahla at Circle Craft in Vancouver.