The Importance of Outdoor Play
There are two fundamental reasons why outdoor play is critical for young children in our early childhood programs and schools.
First, many of the developmental tasks that children must achieve—exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and the absorption of vast amounts of basic knowledge—can be most effectively learned through outdoor play.
Second, our culture is taking outdoor play away from young children through excessive TV and computer use, unsafe neighbourhoods, busy and tired parents, educational accountability, elimination of school recess, and academic standards that push more and more developmentally inappropriate academics into our early childhood programs, thus taking time away from play.
This course explores the importance of and the enormous benefits for children in having a large amount of outdoor play and education for children incorporated into the curriculum.