Outside play is so important for children. It provides opportunity for gross motor activity, space to expel energy and an opportunity to be louder, amongst other things. We are very fortunate to have a large outdoor playspace
which allows for the above and more. The children also do separate well from families outside and often better than inside. In addition to the two sandpits, swings, climbing frames and the fort we have outside, different activities are placed on the tables for those days when the children need to sit for a short time. There are also activities which are set up to encourage gross motor development such as bat and ball games, hula hoops, stepping stones, footballs and soccer balls with nets, and hopscotch courts. Many of these activities can be completed alone, though benefit from a small group of children participating. These are opportunities for turn taking practise amongst other skills. Finally, outside play is a wonderful chance for the children to engage with nature and the world around them. We take the time to watch snails crawling, move beetles which are in harm’s way, investigate fungi up close, water our plants and grow vegetables. So much learning happens in our outdoor classroom!