The Value of Outdoor Play
As we embark on the winter months, we encourage you still to get your children outside for play and learning activities. There are many benefits of time spent outdoors.
First, for early childhood education programs, outdoor play is one of the safest ways for children to interact under the pandemic's current state guidelines. Additionally, according to The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education, viruses and bacteria that make children sick are more likely to spread indoors.
In addition to the physical benefits, having time for active play also helps children focus on their classroom activities. Active physical play - whether indoors or outdoors - twice a day is essential for healthy child development.
Something else to keep in mind is almost any activity that can be done indoors, can be done outdoors! Think about what plans can be done outside. You can explore the weather, seasons, plants/gardening, insects, and more for science. An outdoor math lesson plan could have children gather sticks or rocks to count. There are many possibilities!
This article is excerpted from January's Coach's Corner. To read the entire blog, click here.