现象学和本体论研究表明，“在自然中玩耍”对儿童的认知发展具有重要作用。对于孩子来说，这种游戏和戏剧有很多方面。由于每个儿童发展的细微差别是不同的，因此不能详细说明其好处，但是，可以提供更广泛的范围。可以肯定地说，大自然在儿童的发展中起着不可或缺的作用。Mainella, Agate & Clark(2011)认为户外游戏和与自然的联系对于个体的积极发展至关重要。根据这些研究人员的研究，当孩子们被允许玩耍时，他们会发展并与大自然建立真正的联系。他们甚至能够克服任何认知发展问题。研究发现，这在儿童成长的所有阶段都很重要。当儿童的玩耍时间超过青少年的允许时间时，它的作用就会更加突出(Barnett & Weber, 2008)。据说，当人们被允许与自然互动时，他们通常能够有更高的生活质量。
就儿童而言，人们发现他们能够与自然建立真正的联系。这使孩子们能够克服任何精神压力或焦虑。当孩子们被允许玩耍时，会有一个更全面、更积极的发展。根据娱乐活动的类型，游戏玩法和与自然的互动是不同的。有四种娱乐活动，它是个人游戏，团队游戏，表演和为社区工作(Barnett & Weber, 2008)。孩子所玩的活动类型对决定孩子所期望的发展类型很重要。团队游戏能让孩子们拥有更多的社交技能，而表演技能能让孩子们对未来的成长和发展充满信心(barnett&weber, 2008)。孩子们的每一种娱乐活动都能使他们获得一种特殊的特质，这对他们成为社区或社会中有价值的一员是有用的。母亲或主要监护人根据时间、资源、地点、社会结构以及一个地方的基础设施来决定一个特定的游戏。
Phenomenology and ontological studies indicate that vital role “playing in nature” has for the cognitive development of a child. There are many dimensions to this gaming and dramatic play for the child. Since the nuances of each child development are different, there cannot be a detailed mention of the benefits, however, a broader scope can be provided. It can be stated with certainty that nature plays an integral role in the development of the child. Mainella, Agate & Clark (2011) stated that outdoor-based play and connection with nature are vital for positive development of the individuals. According to these researchers, the children developmental and genuine connections with nature when they are allowed to play. They are even able to overcome any cognitive developmental issues. This is found to be important in all stages of the child to adult development. It plays a more prominent role when the children more than adolescent youths allowed playing (Barnett & Weber, 2008). It has been stated that the people in general are able to have a higher quality of life when they are allowed to interact with nature.
In the case of children, it is found that they are able to forge genuine connections with nature. This enables the children to overcome any mental stresses or anxiety. There is a more holistic and positive development when the children are allowed to play. The game play and the interaction with nature is found to be different based on the kind of recreational activity. There are four kinds of recreational activities, it is the individual game, team games, performing and working for the communities (Barnett & Weber, 2008). The kinds of activity that the child plays is important in determined the kind of development that is expected of the children. Team games enabled children to have more social skills while performing skills enabled in instilling confidence in the child for future growth and development (Barnett& Weber, 2008). Each kind of recreational activity for the child enabled the child to gain a particular trait that would be useful for them to become a valued member of the community or the society. The mother or the primary guardians made a decision about a particular play based on the time, resources, place and the social structure along with the infrastructure of a place.