Playing Outdoors: A Well-Rounded Learning Experience for School-Age Children #infographic

 

 

Playing Outdoors: A Well-Rounded Learning Experience for School-Age Children #infographic

Playing outdoors isn’t just about burning off steam for children. It’s really a crucial aspect of needed growth and development for each child.

Why Outdoor Play Matters

Here are a few of the many benefits from allowing children to engage in outdoor play:

Children need vigorous exercise

Improved communication and social skills

Sunlight exposure produces needed Vitamin D for bones

Increases attention span and boosts cognitive abilities

Creating Outdoor Learning Areas & SpacesHere are a few elements that are beneficial to incorporate into a proper outdoor play environment:Outdoor Learning Area Suggested Activities and MaterialsNature AreaGive children some fun and meaningful ways to interact with nature.Set up a garden or discovery area with items to explore and handle like seeds, leaves, barks, fossils, etc.

Social AreaOutdoor play itself can be social, but this area gives children more quiet space for focused reflection and social interaction.

Picnic tables, benches, and designated cozy spots in the playground area all work well for socialization.Sensory AreaInclude activities, materials, and stations which allow children to explore and discover through sensory engagement.

Water tables, sand boxes, digging tools, outdoor musical instruments, and other event stations are all great sensory area options.

Popular Playground Equipment Options to ConsiderA well-designed playground is an ideal space for children to exercise, have fun, and grow important skills, all at the same time!

 Here are some great elements worth including:

Manipulative Panels

Water & Sand Tables

Inclusive Play Elements

Themed Play Elements

Outdoor Musical Elements

Ready to dig deeper in learning about well-rounded outdoor play environments? Check out the complete infographic about outdoor play from your friends at Carolina Recreation & Design!


Playing Outdoors: A Well-Rounded Learning Experience for School-Age Children #infographic

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