Outdoor Play

Posted on Jan 26 17

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Cambridge Imus has an outdoor play area where students can learn more about themselves and the world they are in. An article by Rae Pica entitled “Take it Outside!” says that “when children play outdoors they are more likely to invent games. As they do, they’re able to express themselves and learn about the world in their own way. They feel safe and in control, which promotes autonomy, decision-making, and organizational skills. Inventing rules for games (as preschoolers like to do) promotes an understanding of why rules are necessary. Although the children are only playing to have fun, they’re learning:

  1. Communication Skills and Vocabulary – as they invent, modify, and enforce rules
  2. Number Relationships – as they keep score and count
  3. Social Customs – as they learn to play together and cooperate”

To learn more about the benefits of outdoor play and fun things to do outside, you may check the following:

http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=275

http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/2010/outdoor-play

https://www.naeyc.org/tyc/article/connecting-young-children-with-nature