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Children love outdoor play because they feel invigorated by the freedom that comes with fresh air. To be able to engage in unstructured activity while interacting with peers gives children confidence. When they are playing outside they converse, cooperate, and stretch their imaginations in cooperative and imaginative play.
Benefits of outdoor play:
- provides an opportunity to enjoy being outside
- breaks up the more structured learning gained in a classroom
- gives children access to fresh air
- aids physical health
- promotes an appreciation of the outdoors
Whether the children are busy baking a mud pie or leaf stew in a mud kitchen they are engaged in the learning process. Imaginative play is of huge benefit to children because it allows them to express themselves in a creative way.
Outdoor play promotes a child’s ability for role play and also for working together. As they take urns through the Discovery Tunnel or discuss their next Outdoor Theatre Show they are being stimulated and engaged in the learning process.