Children’s life experiences influence their present and future desire to engage in outdoor play. Children’s dispositions are influenced by the relationships with the people, places, spaces, and materials within their settings. Think about the role of adults providing children with stimulating “plans of learning” (Katz) that supports children in adding to their current ideas and knowledge or constructing new knowledge from their varied experiences outdoors (Katz, 2010).
An outdoor play environment that is rich with experiences and space for mucking about and learning contributes to children’s development. Children that have access to the outdoors during their early years have opportunities to experience:
- A sense of freedom and well-being.
- Thinking about and experiencing the environment and play experiences in different ways.
- Real-life experiences to learn about the weather, seasons, the environment and how these elements influence opportunities for play.
In essence, the African proverb “It takes a whole village to raise a child” reflects the importance of early learning teachers, programs, parents, families and communities being connected to and engaging with children’s options for learning.
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