11-Intentionality, Planning and Programming in Outdoor Play

In this module, participants will examine planning and programming strategies for outdoor play. Reflecting on theories and how they might be applied to practice, the module will focus on the planning cycle that begins with intent and leads to the implementation of experiences that are exploratory and discovery based. Strategies including trial balloons and the scientific method of inquiry will be introduced as ways to enhance and extend experiences.

7 Lessons

In this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Reflect on the underpinning theories that support children in their outdoor play experiences.
  2. Examine invitations and provocations as they relate to play and to the place, people, time and experience provided.
  3. Examine planning cycles that support intentional teaching and outdoor play and learning.
  4. Examine various invitations that can be provided that support four-season play.
  5. Analyze the scientific method of inquiry as a strategy to encourage children’s outdoor play and learning experiences.


  1. Kaitlyn Kennedy

    This module has given me some tools and concepts to put more intentionality in my outdoor play programming. Sometimes the day-to-day can feel very mundane, and my love of teaching disappears momentarily, but I think some of these tools will help me to be further engaged.

  2. Adrienne Pagsisihan

    My favourite memory was during summer whenever we would do water fun days! Love playing water with the children!

  3. Amanda Funk

    Content in this module is relevant, inspiring and meaningful

  4. Angel Huang

    There are a lot of ways to experience through Intentionality, Planning and Programming in Outdoor Play. great lesson to learn

  5. Alphonsine Hategekimana

    This module was really and kept me interested till the end.

  6. Verna Oberg

    This is my favourite lesson so far. I have been experiencing “cognitive dissonance” with our programs shift toward less theme developed curriculum to emergent planning.