The outdoors offer limitless opportunities for children to learn through play. Regular exploration and learning in an outdoor environment supports the development of an active and healthy lifestyle in children and aids them in developing a better understanding of the world around them.
Physical play is necessary with young children in order to strengthen their bodies, maintain a healthy weight and prevent illnesses. It is important that adults encourage active lifestyles from an early age so that a child is able to maintain that healthy lifestyle throughout their lives.
In this day and age it is becoming increasingly common for children to become more reluctant towards outdoor play due to advancing technology. Although technology brings huge benefits and resources to early years learning, it is vital that we don’t let children to grow up disconnected from the outdoors and miss an opportunity to develop skills which technology cannot provide.
Outdoor play also supports children’s problem solving skills and nurtures their creativity as well as providing opportunity to develop their imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.
This is why we have put together a list of Outdoor Learning Activities which will help to increase the engagement between children and outdoor learning.