• The Importance of Outdoor Play •

Three children playing outdoors on bikes and scooters at Discovery Trails Early Learning Academy.

At Discovery Trails Early Learning Academy we believe the outdoors is the very best place for preschoolers to practice and master emerging physical skills as they:

  • Run, leap and jump
  • Learn ball handling skills like throwing, catching and striking:
  • Exercise resistance as they push, pull and carry

The outdoors helps childrens physical well-being while:

  • Burning more calories

  • Preventing obesity and heart disease

  • Outdoor light stimulates the pineal gland that regulates the “biological clock” and is vital to the immune system

  • Supporting happiness

Outdoor play contributes to learning by:

  • Impacting cognitive and social development

  • Promoting self-expression is supported by inventing games

  • Encouraging autonomy, decision making, organizational skills

  • Rehearsing communication skills and vocabulary

  • Relating numbers as by keeping score and count

  • Understanding social customs by playing together and cooperating

Learning to appreciate the outdoors as:

  • Impacting cognitive and social development

  • Promoting self-expression is supported by inventing games

  • Encouraging autonomy, decision making, organizational skills

  • Rehearsing communication skills and vocabulary

  • Relating numbers as by keeping score and count

  • Understanding social customs by playing together and cooperating

Preschoolers learn much about the outdoors through their senses like:

  • Seeing: animals, birds, plants

  • Hearing: wind blowing, birds singing, leaves crackling

  • Smelling: trees, flowers, rain

  • Touching: bark on the trees, sand, rocks, sticks

  • Tasting: snow, raindrops, fresh air 

by Jen Baker | May 21, 2017

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