19. Playing outside
It’s something of a lost art these days, but spending time outdoors offers all sorts of benefits to kids. Aside from boosting their general mental health, it can also improve their creativity, ability to learn and self-worth.
Meanwhile, ditching the screens and playing with others outside will also do wonders for kids’ social skills. According to the American Medical Association, “Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors.”
18. Playing independently
Playing with others is a great way to boost social skills, but playing alone has its merits, too. For example, kids will be able to put their imagination to good use, while also developing their own independence.