Monday, January 4, 2010

children would rather play outdoors

The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky
- Margaret McMillan

Really, it should come as no surprise that a recent Australian study found that young children preferred to play outdoors.
Some children said they preferred to play outdoors because it was a special place with hidden spaces to imagine, or simply to be.

For others it was the opportunities for physical exuberance.

Almost all children in the survey used the outdoor environment for enhanced pretend play experiences.

It seems the outdoors is where many young children would rather play.

Why then do so many early childhood centres limit the amount of time that children spend outdoors?

1 comment:

  1. I think as adults we also escape to the outdoor environment when we need time to contemplate and absorb, we may wrap it up as 'needing fresh air,' but it is the same; the outdoor environment nurtures our soul on the deepest level - both children and adults.