Ideally, early learning teachers strive to provide children with outdoor play environments that stimulate imagination, what if questions, and play that is active, innovative, engaging, inspiring and nurturing. To accomplish these goals, early learning teachers require an extensive understanding of how space, environmental conditions and materials interact with one another to create that place of magic. Early learning teachers examine the key features of the space to ensure that children have the highest levels of opportunity to maximize outdoor play experiences, while ensuring that the space is safe. Think about your beliefs about children’s outdoor play. Then, think about how you view the most ideal outdoor play space. Now view the graphic below to gain further information on characteristics of quality outdoor play spaces.