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.

Module Materials

  1. Computer
  2. Internet Connection
  3. Speakers with Volume “ON”


  1. Angel Huang

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

  2. 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.