We will be continuing the Pre-K Partners blog hop series. In this week’s blog hop we will be sharing with you how we get children outside playing in nature.
When it comes to our playground and recess time I like to think back to my own childhood and have my children’s parents think back to what they enjoyed most when they played outdoors as children. Maybe they liked making messy mud pies, swinging on tire swings, playing hide and seek, or making fairy gardens among the plants in the garden. I’m a big believer in providing children with some of these much-needed play experiences in the outdoor classroom and parents enjoy seeing and hearing about their children having those same experiences that they did when they were young.
I like to look at my outdoor playground as an outdoor classroom. In the outdoor classroom, children can play vigorously, use loud voices, release excess energy, and engage in large, messy projects.
It’s a place for children to spending unstructured time outdoors, where children can have the opportunities to discover and experience nature.
Gross Motor Structure
We are lucky enough to have two gross motor structure for climbing, swinging, sliding, balancing, crawling and pretending.
We also have a large cement area that children can peddle bikes, pull wagons, play basketball, use sidewalk chalk, push trucks and use walking cups.
Large Block Play
Outdoor Art Center
There are many benefits to a well-planned outdoor play space.
Time outdoors will provide children with opportunities to...
We need to learn to view outside time as more than just “recess” time. Outside time needs to be viewed as an invaluable part of each day’s learning activities. We need to build outdoor classroom time into our daily activity schedule.
When it comes to the outdoor environment, I like to include everything that you could find in the indoor classroom, just bigger and louder ways to experience and explore and learn with.
As the teacher we can…
Look at the outdoor environment as an extension to our indoor classroom.