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 & Spaces Here are a few elements that are beneficial to incorporate into a proper outdoor play environment: Outdoor Learning Area Suggested Activities and Materials Nature Area Give 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 Area Outdoor 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 Area Include 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 Consider A 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:
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!
infographic by: carolina-recreation.com