Dispositions and Outdoor Environments

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Early learning teachers play a significant role in supporting how children develop positive dispositions related to outdoor play experiences and appreciation for the environment. For example, in early learning environments where children have that support, children have stimulating environments and have the options to play for long periods of time, in all kinds of weather, positive dispositions toward outdoor play are strengthened. Think about what happens when teachers ask children if they wish to take kites outdoors on that windy afternoon. For children that embrace such an experience, they not only display a zest for the science and physical attributes required for kite flying, just as important, they build upon the idea that outdoor play can occur in all kinds of weather.

Banning and Sullivan (2011) identified standards for outdoor learning that we are interpreting here as dispositions. Adults support children to develop a disposition to want to play by role modelling the standards presented by Banning and Sullivan. To learn more about the types of behaviours that children would display with each of the dispositions, click on the boxes below.

Support children to develop a disposition to want to play outdoors by helping them and role modelling by being:

Curious and taking initiative

Eagerly experiments and makes discoveries. Asks questions and discusses ideas and tries new things.

Engaged and persistent

Concentrates and chooses complex experiences.Persists with trial and error. Seeks help from tools or people.

Imaginative, inventing and creating

Exhibits and appreciates a sense of humour. Engages in pretend play, trying out new things. Explores and experiments.

Able to exhibit reason and problem solving skills

Active exploration leads to identification of issues with child-initiated solutions. Employs strategies to solve problems and collaborates.

Taking risks and responsibility

Chooses challenges and has a growing awareness of own ability. Follows through with increasing independence. Communicates and expresses satisfaction.

Reflective, interpreting and applying

Relates past experiences to new situations, generates ideas, and makes predictions. Speculates on what others are thinking. Uses play, representations and discussion to process information.

Think about the children who have experience flying a kite in the wind. Then their imaginative play takes them to wanting to use fabric to invent super-hero play scenarios in the wind.  Children climb to the top of rocks, capes are flying in the wind, then tied to the trees; pretend food from the mud kitchen is incorporated into the play.  What types of dispositions are being encouraged?  Why are these important as a way to support children in developing healthy dispositions toward outdoor play? How do the adult attitudes and role modelling influence this play?



  1. Brigitte Levesque

    Engaging the children in kite flying can bring out all their dispositions the become curious and want to take initiative. They can be persistent and engaged ,while using the imagination and inventing new ways of flying a kite and creative of making kites. They are able to problem solve if the kite doesn’t do what it’s suppose to and come up with different ways of flying the kite. It’s the educator’s job to encourage the children to problem solve together and have everyone involved.

  2. Angela Hutton

    The children are engaging their imagination, being reflective, taking initiative and expanding their play as they receive new information. As they engage in the environment and current weather, they are exploring new ideas and drawing from familiar scenarios while adding them to the new information they are receiving. This provides opportunity for them to create an expansion to what they already know. Educators and other children can influence this play by adding new information from their own experiences or knowledge. The educators could provide additional supplies, or quietly document the active play and read it back to the children in story form at circle time to provide an opportunity for further reflection, celebration over what they created and a launch pad for further play.

  3. Candy holloway

    During the kite flying scenario all types of dispositions are encouraged. They are important because they allow children to have a positive feelings around outside play and will encourage a love for this types of activities which in turn will support devlopment in all domains. Attitudes and modelling are critical as depending on the adults’ present their examples will immensely influence how the child perceives outdoor play

  4. Naznin Dhanani

    All dispositions are being encouraged. Children are using their imagination, being curious, learning to problem solve and enjoying the outdoors. Children are resilient and flexible. The adults role is crucial to model these attributes. They play a significant role in guiding children and being prepared.

  5. Geri-Lynn Cajindos

    This scenario encompasses most of these dispositions discussed… as a CURIOUS child ENGAGES in the kite activity and then turns it into a cape flying superhero expanding his IMAGINATION to incorporate the tied fabric in the tree to possible house play with a mud kitchen where APPLICATION of likely observed behaviors in child’s life can be REFLECTED upon and plaid out based on one’s INTERPRETATION.

  6. Wendy Gilchrist

    The types of dispositions that are been encouraged to name a few are curiosity, taking initiative, imaginative play, problem solving, taking risks and engaging with peers. As an educator my attitude toward outdoor play greatly influences the children. If for example I was discouraging super hero play, I am know limiting their imaginative play. If I was to tell the children it is too dangerous to climb rock I have know limited their ability to take risks and judge for themselves what their abilities are. As an educator it is important for me have a positive dispositions when it comes to outdoor play. I need to be a co-learner along side of them. I need to take part in their play- Perhaps in the story above I could climb the rocks with them- turn into the Hulk, and make a mud pie for everyone to eat. I could ask open ended questions to gain a better understanding of their thought and theories on how kites fly in the wind.

  7. Corina Manasseri

    The children were playing/playful; seeking; participating; persisting and caring, then the disposition of learning are understood all coming from within each child and emerging time. The inclinations that the educators will nurture, strengthen interactions with each child with these social activities and reveal new and valued practices with these materials and specific experiences.

  8. Shirley Suttak

    The types of dispositions being encouraged are :
    Curious and taking initiative : The educator was curious and took initiative to pose the question about kite flying. The children were curious and those who engaged took initiative to go fly a kite
    Engaged and persistent : the kite flying gave children the opportunity to be engagec and persistentthrough trial and error of attempting to fly a kite.
    Imaginative, inventing and creating: The children were imaginative pretending to be super heroes, creating capes and food from the mud kitchen.
    Problem solving : tying to the trees
    Risk taking: The educator let the children take risks climbing the rocks pretending to be super-heroes
    Reflecting , Interpreting and Applying: the children were able to reflect on their previous experience of kite flying interpret and apply information that they needed fabric so their super hero capes would fly.
    Positive Dispositions are important as they give :
    -children wonderful learning experiences
    – children’s self esteem and confidence
    -strengthen the children’s positive attitude toward outdoor play in all kinds of weather
    -strengthens their appreciation for the environment
    The teachers attitude and how she models interaction with children and the outdoor environment influences greatly how children develop their attitude and connection to the outdoor environment in all kinds of weather.

  9. marie-france bourgoin-leger

    Our words and attitude have so much weight in the shaping of these little humans! We need to stop and think before we say anything that could extinguish that little spark of curiosity and natural disposition. We need to reflect on our dispositions, and be better role model, not just teachers but co-learner.

  10. Heather

    I think the children are using all types of dispositions, they are being creative and are engaged and curious about what is happening in their play. All these dispositions are important in their play as a child and as they grow into adulthood. Educators need to be positive role models and with this the child will be more confident in the risky play they are experiencing and will be more rewarding for them.

  11. Francine Bolduc

    They are taking initiative at seeing if the capes will move with the wind, they are using their imagination, they don’t mind taking risks and definitely applying what they have learned from flying the kites to new activities.

  12. Gaye Ferguson

    Though brief, the described scenario shows nicely how outdoor play can encourage and enhance all the dispositions, with imagination taking the lead, but as the play progresses, other dispositions are demonstrated. All this is done with the support and guidance of their caring adult, who values the creative unfolding of the children’s outdoor play session, as they make leaps (literally and figuratively) from one scenario to the next.

  13. Casey Holland

    The dispositions being encouraged are “reflective, interpreting and applying”, as well as “curious and taking initiative” by taking what they observed while flying a kite to create capes and flags. They are also encouraged by “imaginative, inventing and creating” when using mud to create food, and incorporate this food in play.

  14. Vicki Pollock

    I can see all types of dispositions being encouraged in this scenario. Children became curious about the wind, and took the initiative to change their play from kites to super hereos. The kites probably took a few tries to get them in the air and some would have needed help tying on the cape, so they would have been egaged and persistent. The children demonstrated imagination, inventiveness, and creativity while playing super hereo and making food. They exhibited reason and problem solving by finding a way to make capes. They took risks and responsibility for their own safety while climbing the rocks. As the children reflected on the way the wind caused the kites to react they interperted capes would also fly in the wind, so they applied this knowledge to their play.
    These dispositions are important in supporting children’s learning because they allow children to think for themselves with some guidance from a teacher. Without these dispositions children’s learning experiences are inhibited. For example, without the disposition of taking risks and responsiblity this group of children may not have climbed those rocks. So they would have missed out on learning opportunities the pile of rocks provided.
    The adult role modeling and attitude certainly influence this type of play. It was the teacher who suggested kite flying outdoors because of the wind. As a role model, showing a positive attitude toward outdoor play on a windy day helped the children be enthusiastic about going out. Once outside the teacher allowed the children to explore, invent, and create as they wished (with some help from the teacher I expect).

  15. Talor Benson-Harper

    Imaginative, inventing and creating is happening here, as well as reflective, interpretation and applying. They are using what they see from the kite in the wind and applying it to other types of play. They are curious and creative trying to find new ways to play in the wind, using the wind. With adults being present and helping add to the play – whether it be Providing materials, asking questions, or helping with things they are still learning to do the adults are showing a supportive and positive disposition towards the outdoors.

  16. Marie-Claude Pilon

    The children get to have an ongoing process of discovery and learning experiences. Playing with the kit in the wind, children get to reflect on what is the wind capable of doing flying. Through interpretation of the notion of fly, they can use their imagination in creating a scenario of that super-heroes. By climbing on rocks , they can take initiative by use their knowledge and reflecting on their experience of climbing on the rock , they are willing to take risk and responsibility in engaging their climb to a tree. As educator when can support this play by bringing fabric, finding a tree that will be conducive for a children to be able to climb….By being interested , curious, involve and to share a great outdoor environment, the children will be more supported to develop a disposition in play. They will be able to roll model their peers and the educator.

  17. Sharon Evenden

    Reflecting,interpreting and applying, imaginative, inventing and creating are all involved in the described activities. They are imagining that they are superheros and creating and inventing capes and inventing and reflecting on new ways to use them by tying them into trees. When they play in the mud kitchen they are interpreting what they know from the kitchen and applying it to their experience in the mud kitchen.
    If children are engaged in their play they will become comfortable with being outdoors and occupying themselves with creative ways to play.

  18. Kayley Bach

    In this scenario I can see all types of dispositions being encouraged. The children are being curious, and taking initiative by inventing the superhero play and creating the capes with the wind. They are engaged and persistent in their play using the pretend kitchen tools. Imaginative, inventing and creating, they are doing this by playing with superhero play and using their imagination. Able to exhibit and reason problem solving skills, they are doing this by initiating the play themselves, and tying the capes to the trees. Taking risks and responsibility is being exhibited by climbing onto rocks, and taking part in some risky play. Lastly, Reflective, interpreting and applying by showing their understanding of the kites and how capes could be used similarly. These are all important as a way to support the children in developing healthy dispositions towards outdoor play the adults attitudes and role modeling sets examples for the children and can set them up for success and enjoyment of outdoor play.

  19. Brie Schuler

    The types of dispositions the child is using are reflective/interpretation, imaginative, curious and engaged. The child is showing that they are able to expand on the original learning opportunity through the use of critical thinking skills. Adult attitudes are crucial at this point, as encouragement and support are needed in order to build the confidence of the child to continue to explore and take risks. This is why it is important for educators and adults to take the child’s lead and build on the child’s inquiries and ideas.

  20. Crystal Thring

    All dispositions are being encouraged by the adult. They are following the child and showing enthusiasm for the new found idea of being superheroes. Anyone is a superhero. Children may need help with the capes and adults can encourage critical thinking skills by asking open ended questions to have the children solve the problem. The cape=the kite and other flying things so we can be flying superheroes. It doesn’t matter if it is true or not, it’s fun! Climbing rocks involves the whole body so as we encourage safety, we are also letting them explore and achieve those skills. The children know you are there, so they will ask. Rode modelling is extremely important as we want them to appreciate learning and nature.

  21. Yiyun Zhang

    In this scenario, I can see all types of dispositions are being encouraged. Curious and taking initiative are encouraged when children were experiencing flying kites in the wind. The imaginative play and dramatic play were good examples of scaffolding learning. It encouraged ENGAGED AND PERSISTENT, IMAGINATIVE, INVENTING AND CREATING, ABLE TO EXHIBIT REASON AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS and REFLECTIVE, INTERPRETING AND APPLYING. Climbing to the top of rocks, letting capes flying in the wind and tied on the trees are encouraged TAKING RISKS AND RESPONSIBILITY, REFLECTIVE, INTERPRETING AND APPLYING, and ABLE TO EXHIBIT REASON AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS, etc.
    When children are provided spaces and opportunities to spend outdoors, they will develop healthy dispositions. Adults should support children by role modeling with enthusiasm to participate in outdoor play, offering necessary help, providing more spaces and tools, scaffolding learning and development.

  22. Jennifer Dyson

    From the example of flying kites to making super hero capes shows children’s creativity in taking play to another level. Children are being encouraged to explore, take the lead and use their imaginations. Supporting children to have a healthy disposition of out door play is important so the cycle continues – they will enjoy the outdoors as an adult and then pass that enjoyment onto the next generation.

  23. Shannon Jarvis

    All the dispositions are could explored in this scenario, defending on how the children interact with each other and how adults encourage, guide and support the children. If their role model is positive and actively engages, the children will model their behavior.

  24. Shawna Diduck

    Think about the children who have experience flying a kite in the wind. Then their imaginative play takes them to wanting to use fabric to invent super-hero play scenarios in the wind. Children climb to the top of rocks, capes are flying in the wind, then tied to the trees; pretend food from the mud kitchen is incorporated into the play. What types of dispositions are being encouraged? Why are these important as a way to support children in developing healthy dispositions toward outdoor play? How do the adult attitudes and role modelling influence this play?

    I think that the children in this scenario are involved in all of the dispositions listed above. This is a prime example of how when given opportunities a child can expand on play situations and create a beautiful world of imagination and development.

  25. June

    The types of dispositions being encouraged are: IMAGINATIVE, INVENTING AND CREATING –the children have found different ways to use the capes and then they also take it a step further and incorporate a mud kitchen in their play. They’re also encourage to be REFLECTIVE, INTERPRETING AND APPLYING–possibly they have interpreted how the wind works on kites and now have applied that same principle to the capes and that is why they have tied them to the trees.
    Adults need to provide the children with these stimulating experiences outdoors so that the children are able to develop these types of dispositions. In addition, adults need to engage and provide support, guidance, enthusiasm, and scaffolding to support the children as they explore.

  26. Kerrie Sinclair

    The types of dispositions that are being encouraged here are imagination, invention and creating. They are taking one experience and expanding their ideas. They are reflecting on a past experience and applying it to a new adventure, while taking a risk. Adults who support the child in their imagination, will allow the child to explore. They may provide the tools/ materials necessary, or even add an observation.

  27. Louanne MacRae

    Think about the children who have experience flying a kite in the wind. Then their imaginative play takes them to wanting to use fabric to invent super-hero play scenarios in the wind. Children climb to the top of rocks, capes are flying in the wind, then tied to the trees; pretend food from the mud kitchen is incorporated into the play. What types of dispositions are being encouraged? Why are these important as a way to support children in developing healthy dispositions toward outdoor play? How do the adult attitudes and role modelling influence this play?
    Children are being encouraged to be creative and imaginative, to take risks, and problem solve. They are being given opportunities to take initiative and learn about the many opportunities that are available in outdoor play. The adult should be available to support and help scaffold the outdoor opportunities, as well as provide as much time as possible for outdoor play.

  28. Amy

    In the above scenarios, children are developing dispositions of taking risks, imaginative and inventive play, reasoning and problem solving. These are important in developing a strong sense of value of the great outdoors. Children who learn to appreciate the outside and bring the inside play and outside play together will have a stronger connection to the value of the outdoors. They may develop a very positive disposition to the outdoors and have many adventures in their adulthood. Adults can make children’s dispositions stronger toward the outdoor by encouraging all these scenarios. Asking questions that elicited discovery and exploration can also broaden a child’s wonder of the outdoors.

  29. mvll

    All dispositions discussed are being encourages. As the experience scaffolds with children’s zest for exploration is demonstrated. Working together cooperatively demonstrates their social disposition. These dispositions are important as the children’s curiosity and zest is being encourages and supported so that they benefit from their play experiences rather than being hindered by the dispositions of the educators.

  30. DC

    All the dispositions are being explored as the children play, sometimes more play develops with less from the adults. Standing back and following the children’s lead, seeing where their play takes them, it seems to flow from one area to another. Ideas and imaginations, experiences and knowledge come into their play, the more they have access to this type of free play the more they will enjoy playing outside.

  31. Laura Barthelette

    I think all types of dispositions are being encouraged just by allowing the play to follow the children’s lead. Adult role modelling and attitudes are allowing the play to flow. The children are comfortable changing the game, so there is freedom and confidence shown by the adults.

  32. Nikki Meyer

    I believe all of the dispositions are being supported. My initial thoughts were about the dispositions of taking risks and responsibilities and imaginative, inventing and creating with allowing children to climb rocks and pretending to eat from a mud kitchen with fabric capes. It’s is important to support these dispositions in outdoor play as it allows children to feel confident in their abilities, it’s more enjoyable to be outdoors when you feel that your competent in the experiences. Adults support and encourage this play by providing needed materials and acting as a co-Imaginer of possibilities with extending their thoughts through open ended questions.

  33. Emma D. Rodilas

    All dispositions are being encouraged. Children are given a chance to be imaginative, inventing and creative to the activity being offered. Children were able to be given a chance to exhibit their own thoughts and how to solve the problem. Risky play is a good practice for children to develop their cognitive skills. In the end, self-reflection and interpretation will arise to the said pace of activity.

  34. Tanya Morash

    Think about the children who have experience flying a kite in the wind. Then their imaginative play takes them to wanting to use fabric to invent super-hero play scenarios in the wind. Children climb to the top of rocks, capes are flying in the wind, then tied to the trees; pretend food from the mud kitchen is incorporated into the play. What types of dispositions are being encouraged? Why are these important as a way to support children in developing healthy dispositions toward outdoor play? How do the adult attitudes and role modelling influence this play?
    The children are encouraged to be curious, make connections and take initiative to test theories . They are engaged in their play and exploration as they invent and create from the materials around them. They take risks as they rest out theories and explore possibilities about wind, climbing, textures….
    The adults foster these dispositions by encouraging the children; giving them time to explore and by asking questions.

  35. Wendy Flegel

    Think about the children who have experience flying a kite in the wind. Then their imaginative play takes them to wanting to use fabric to invent super-hero play scenarios in the wind. Children climb to the top of rocks, capes are flying in the wind, then tied to the trees; pretend food from the mud kitchen is incorporated into the play. What types of dispositions are being encouraged? Why are these important as a way to support children in developing healthy dispositions toward outdoor play? How do the adult attitudes and role modelling influence this play?
    The dispositions that are being encouraged are all of them:
    Curious and taking initiative: The children are experimenting and their play is evolving.
    Engaged and persistent: Their play became more complex and incorporated a cape and food
    Imaginative, inventing and creating: They were engaging in pretend play and trying new things
    Able to exhibit reason and problem solving skills:The children were initiating the play
    Taking risks and responsibility: Children were climbing on rocksn.
    Reflective, interpreting and applying: They used their previous experience of flying kites to using the fabric to continue their play.
    When the children have an engaged, encouraging teacher or role model, they will be more inclined to want to play outside and explore.

  36. Sheila Maputi

    Flying kites, super hero play scenario, climb on top of the rock, capes for playing or tie it in a tree, pretend food & mud kitchen….this are all wonderful outdoor play for children. This outdoor play can encourage all types of disposition. Play that process thinking, reasoning & understanding. A play that will encourage them to speak their minds, express what they feel and plan for their next adventure. This are little kids we’re talking to but treating them as partner that we can collaborate with so that we can cultivate and get information from them. Things that they already know, what things they’re interested with, what skills they have to enhance it, ideas thru play that will help them on their daily living and things their sensitive or scared with so we can provide support and encouragement. For me as a child care provider, ROLE MODEL is the main thing to help kids achieving healthy disposition towards play or even in life.

  37. Alison Rinas

    Dispositions of play become visible to children’s learning in the outdoors when we offer landscapes with unquie and different settings to explore, rocks hills grass, sand, and they looking at what materials we are providing to children in order for them except these disposition from their play in problem solving, inventing being curious etc.
    It is from what is provided by the educators inorder for the imagination and learning to to unfold.

  38. Adriana Carrillo

    I think all kind of dispositions are being encouraged in this experience. They all are important because they encourage positive dispositions towards outdoor play. Adult attitudes and role modelling has a very important influence because depending on what the adult shows towards outdoor play experiences, will encorauge or limit the dispositions respect outdoor play experiences.

  39. Angela Gower

    All the dispositions are being encouraged by this experience.
    Curious & Taking Initiative: They may be curious if a kite flies the same as a cape, or if they can turn a cape into a kite or vice versa.
    Engaged & Persistent: The children are engaged with the experience they came up with. They are using different tools to see how capes fly and incorporating the mud kitchen to prepare food.
    Imaginative, Inventing & Creating: the children use their imagination to turn kite flying into superhero play, they are creating new scenarios with the “cape” and incorporating play food into their play
    Able to Exhibit Reason & Problem-Solving Skills: The children are trying different ways to make the capes fly. Ex. Climbing to the top of rocks, tying capes to trees. They are most likely problem solving amongst each other as well.
    Taking Risks & Responsibility: The children are taking risks by climbing on the rocks.
    Reflective, Interpreting & Applying: The children relate the time they flew the kite to being a super hero. They are remembering how the kite moved in the wind and are recreating the actions as superheroes.
    Adults and ECEs need to be active members of the play, engaging with the children and supplying the tools and materials they need. But they also need to allow the children to have their own experiences and use problem solving skills without stepping in. Adults need to be enthusiastic about the adventures and outdoors to model to the children.

  40. Kate Domingo

    I think it applies to all the dispositions. These dispositions are interlinked with one another and they important so that children may be able to venture from their safety zone especially when they are curious of something and want to explore this ideas with the help of peers and teachers. When the adult is the most active participant during outdoor play children will be encouraged and inspire to follow through because the children see the adult as a participants and not a guard telling them not to do this and that.

  41. Nicole Morrell

    All of the dispositions are being encouraged. When you nurture a child’s disposition you help create a whole child. One who knows who they are, who is strong, confident, and knows they are capable. They are willing to step outside comfort zones and will at times even encourage peers to do the same. When an adult becomes involved it engages children in new ways often bringing more children into the experience.

  42. Paula Watson

    What types of dispositions are being encouraged? Why are these important as a way to support children in developing healthy dispositions toward outdoor play? How do the adult attitudes and role modelling influence this play?

    All the listed dispositions are being encouraged. By encouraging all the dispositions it helps for full rounded development. It also helps the needs of each individual as some are stronger in different areas. As adults, we have to model the behavior we want to see. It is hard for anyone to be happy if someone is moaning about being somewhere. I have worked with colleagues that moan about it being too cold or too wet and it rubs off. We have to be positive role models or we are giving them a disservice.

  43. Karen Koehli-Kozack

    I believe all dispositions are being encouraged and this makes for exciting extended play. Educators need to be co-learners and co-imaginer’s in play in order for children to feel confident and encouraged to try new things and use their imaginations to see where they will go. Life would be so boring if we only did the limited things plastic toys are made for

  44. Ashley Barfoot

    I think all the types of dispositions are being encouraged. I think it is important to encourage all of these dispositions so that children find play outdoors to be exciting and full of new adventures. The adults role modelling and attitude are extremely important, the adult must display all of these dispositions so that the children see the genuine interest and feed off of that.

  45. Mallory

    I believe all dispositions are being encouraged in this play. This is a great way to see how the child mind works, something simple like flying a kite can expand into so many thing!

  46. Kathleen Couture

    I would say that all the types of disposition are being encouraged, as the children extend the kite play to superheros, imaginative play and exploration. they have taken initiative to extend the play, they seem engaged, they are incorporating imaginative play, climbing rocks, trying to trees requires problem solving skills and risk taking. They have applied what they learned from the kite flying to this new activity in their play. This type of activity promotes a very positive disposition towards play as it is child led and based on their interests. Children will remember this experience and want to go outside again to further this play.

    Based on the fact that the educator is allowing and encouraging the children to direct the play, she has not set out a list of rules on how a kite must be used, that it only has one purpose. She has allowed them to explore the wind and materials in their own way, based on their abilities, knowledge, experiences, and interests. The attitude of allowing play food to leave the mud kitchen area and the climbing on the rocks also shows the teachers approval and support of the children’s activity. The educators attitude of support will allow the children to develop a positive disposition towards outdoor play.

  47. Mandi Bollinger

    Children are engaging in all types of dispositions in this type of play. Each and every one of these dispositions is important for their play as children as well as experience as they grow. Adult attitudes and role modelling will influence this play as the children know that they’re allowed to engage in risky play. Children inherently want to engage in risky play but are often met by an adult’s adversity to it. When the adult is welcoming risky play as well as getting dirty, the children will feel much freer to be themselves and engage in something they may have never tried.

  48. Jessica Brosch

    Children are demonstrating all disposition through these play scenarios, they can use these to extend their play and it becomes more evolved over time. They sometimes take extra time to to explore materials and master them. The environment offers many opportunities for them to discover an explore many things. Adults asking questions or making comments help extend the play and childrerns interest!

  49. BL

    I believe that all of the dispositions listed are being encouraged with the types of play that was suggested. The enthusiasm of flying a kite will model and promote interest in the children and make connections in their mind of how great it is to be outdoor. They gain an appreciation of the wonderful possibilities that outdoor play can provide form them.

  50. jen.g

    I think all of the areas of dispositions are being encouraged. These are helpful when supporting children in developing healthy dispositions toward outdoor play because it gives children the opportunity to explore the idea of super hero play and helps build positive feelings and attitudes being outside

  51. Szandrita

    In my opinion, in those 2 activities, all types of dispositions are encouraged.
    Starting from the moment that the child that has experienced in flying a kite in the wind, to the moment when another child introduces his curiosity and imagination to the scenario played by other children and himself.
    When an EY educator supports children’s dispositions, they are strengthening their childhood development skills as well as their self-esteem, and their independence and confidence let them enjoy and explore new skills and experiences that they have never thought they could have.
    The role of the adult in children’s life is fundamental, even if we sometimes take it for granted. Our presence, attitudes, and conversations with the children affect them either in a positive or a negative way. For this reason, it is important as adults to support and encourage their curiosity, their bravery, and all the dispositions that we can find.

  52. Hunter Goodine

    All of the dispositions are being encouraged in that example:
    Curious and taking initiative- Using the fabric to represent kites and then used as capes
    Engaged and persistent- Using pretend kitchen tools that can be used in different ways.
    Imaginative, inventing and creating- Pretend food from the mud kitchen.
    Able to exhibit reason and problem solve- Tied the capes to the tress.
    Taking risks and responsibility- Climbing to the top of the rocks.
    Reflective, interpreting and applying- Understanding that kites can be made out of using fabric, and could be used as capes as well.
    Adults attitudes and role modeling of this particular play requires them to be supportive, encouraging the children to use their imaginations, not watching over them or telling them how to use the materials, and having a positive attitude and open mind.

  53. Sarah Crumback

    Some of the dispositions being encouraged are curiosity, creative, risk-taking, problem solving and imaginative. It is important for children to be able to build on their play and explore new things as this helps develop healthy dispositions. It is important that adults have a positive attitude toward outdoor play because this encourages the children to fully explore and enjoy their environment allowing them to develop healthy dispositions towards outdoor play.

  54. Wendy Slavik

    The children are using the dispositions mentioned earlier: inborn, social and intellectual and the fact that they can incorporate other ideas and experiences into their play makes it all the richer and meaningful. Because children are influenced by “the feeling, tone, opportunities, interactions, and experiences within a space” these children are being encouraged and lead to construct further ideas outdoors and thereby enhance the outdoor effect/experience. The early learning teachers are supporting rock climbing (risk-taking) and mud (sensory) play which translates into freedom of expression and well-being; allowing the mind-mapping of kite play to morph into fabrics and wind experimentation, super heroes, food and the likes.

  55. Tina Gouzecky

    All of the dispositions are being encouraged by this play experience. Imagination is being explored freely by pretending to take on super hero roles. Responsibility is being encouraged by allowing opportunities for risk play by climbing on the rocks.

    These dispositions towards outdoor play are important for overall childhood development. They will develop a positive attachment to outdoor play when provided with rich experiences outdoors. Our attitudes and values absolutely impact children in so many different ways…but outdoor play is a huge one. If we express positivity and enjoyment towards anything, there is a definite chance of the children feeling the same.

  56. Lena Hirst

    All dispositions are being encouraged. Taking initiative, imagination and being curious is presented when new materials are being offered, persistence and engagement are supported by offering unscheduled play, taking risk and solving problems is encouraged by letting the children engage in risky play and all this offers the opportunity to reflect and apply. Children will remember this play fondly as their experience was supported and encouraged and therefore the next windy day might remind them of the positive experience they had the last time the wind was blowing. Once again, if adults embrace windy weather as a new learning opportunity children will see their enthusiasm and will feel encouraged.

  57. Cindy Piwowar

    Dispositions being encouraged:
    CURIOUS AND TAKING INITIATIVE – using fabric to represent kites
    ENGAGED AND PERSISTENT – pretend kitchen tools could be used elsewhere
    ABLE TO EXHIBIT REASON AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS – tied to trees would be the same as tied to bodies
    TAKING RISKS AND RESPONSIBILITY- climb to top of rocks
    REFLECTIVE, INTERPRETING AND APPLYING – recognizing that kites could be similar to capes.
    These opportunities are important for children to build confidence, opportunities to collaborate and contribute to group play. This type of play supports problem solving, risk taking and trying new things. Children have opportunities to lead and follow in the play. Adults attitudes play a huge role in the engagement of outdoor play. When adults model these dispositions children pick up on the importance of the play and will go deeper in the play. When adults stand back and do not engage children sometimes struggle and do not know where to go with the play. The adults could offer an idea, tool, or model something that could help move the play along. As long as the adult does not take over the play.

  58. Kim Janzen

    I think many positive dispositions are being encouraged, when children are able to enjoy playing outside with the kites, and can expand on that play by adding fabric for capes and using their imaginations. Their play is not discouraged, or their ideas being dismissed, and they are not being told to stop playing in the mud kitchen, or to stay away from the trees, or to not jump or climb because it’s not safe. The adults in the situation supported and encouraged this type of play, and even started it by bringing kites outside. This led to the children having a positive experience playing outside, and they will be excited to be able to go back out to play.

  59. Janet Edge

    All dispositions are being met. The excitement of kite flying shown by the early learning teacher provides interest to the children. This creates new learning opportunities. If the children’s experience is a positive one, the children look forward to the next opportunities they have no matter the weather. Letting the children to have freedom and use open ended questions leave the children wanting more and gain the knowledge of what outdoors has to offer us. As a early learning teacher we have to provide a positive attitude and experiences for the children and be engaged in the activities.

  60. Rondo

    Positive dispositions are being created as the children are participating in flying kites during outdoor play on a windy day. The attitude and preparedness of the early learning teachers providing kites and taking the children outdoor to experience and explore how things move in the wind provide children with new things to do and interact with. If the experience is positive, fun and exciting the children will want to and look forward to the next windy day to play outside; or next next chance to be outside in general. As the children move from kite flying to fantasy play using fabric to create superhero capes they are using their imagination and building on their outdoor play experiences and are left feeling confident and capable of exploring their own thoughts, ideas and agendas; another positive outdoor experience encouraging a continuation of play and the desire to go outside again. As adults provide opportunities to play outside and have a positive attitude it will make the children’s experiences more enjoyable and rewarding and will want to participate in future outdoor activities.

  61. Cindy Schlamp

    I would say that all of the dispositions listed are being encouraged when an adult initiates the idea of playing with kites and children take from that experience and create a new experience incorporating other things from the outdoor environment. Sometimes it takes a simple question from an adult what if you tried… or role modeling something that they could try to help the children know that they have freedom and fun in the outdoor environment.

  62. Ashwak

    The type of dispositions that are been encouraged are, curious, taking initiative, engage, problem solve, imaginative, responsibility. It’s important because children start building on those experiences and make connections on how to build, what materials work for specific project, where to seek to find objects… They will gain an understanding of the many possibilities the outdoor environment offers for them. The adult role modelling is extremely important in making the children get the best benefit of outdoor time. By been engaged, curious, ask wondering questions, and have the spirit of being a co-imaginer with the children.