Encouraging children to play outdoors is challenging, particularly when there is always a new iPhone, YouTube video or Xbox game demanding their attention. Outdoor play is not just a nice-to-have for children, it’s a crucial component of their learning and development.

It is more important than ever to emphasise the benefits of outdoor play in the early years of growing up. With the right equipment in urban areas, parks, schools and playgrounds, we can encourage children to develop healthy habits from a young age.

Urban Effects explores 5 reasons that outdoor play is important for your children in this handy infographic.