We often overlook the major impact outdoor play can have on our children’s development – physically we are inviting them to use their muscles as they run, climb, hop, skip, throw a ball and so on. In addition they are breathing fresh air, filling their lungs with oxygen which in turn re-energises their whole body through releasing endorphins in their brains!
Through the stimuli of seeing and touching nature – grass, trees, mud, water, sand and feeling the sun on their faces, or the rain before they run for shelter is all refreshing to their bodies, mind and souls! Being out in the garden or park they become aware of seasonal changes, which creates the natural rhythm of the year which other wise we would be unaware of. Using the garden or your local park we can open up the world of nature to our children’s ever inquisitive minds – lifting a stone can open up the world of insects, planting seeds and caring for growing plants and flowers, noticing what foods and seeds attract birds to your park and so on.
We experience outside play through all our senses which assists our children to develop each area of their sensory system, which in turn is laying the foundation for all aspects of learning.
If we offer a variety of situations for our children to actively play they will be stimulated, engaged and developing through every experience..