Children’s choice is a big part of our practice today and its importance is overwhelmingly fundamental to their learning.
Some children however, will choose never to go outside during their time within nursery. How do we as practitioners entice these children into the great outdoors?
Some ideas may be to bring their favourite toys outside, or encourage their friends out, maybe even to first bring the outside into nursery.
We are currently upgrading our garden area with the hope that this will become an exciting interesting place for little minds to flourish. This will in turn make the choice of playing outside a more exciting opportunity!
I feel outdoor play is of such importance to young children. There is no other way to get an honest understanding of concepts such as weather, seasons and nature. You need to smell it, feel it and in some cases taste it (snow!!! but not yellow snow obviously). A child cannot give an accurate account of their understanding of weather by looking out the window.
So how do you entice your children outside to the great world beyond the classroom or nursery.
Here’s a few ways I try to do it………….
1) Make outdoor experiences different from inside so they are new and exciting.
2) Talk to children about nature and senses when outside.
3) Show children that outside activities can be done on larger scales, drawing, building, growing, music and climbing!
4) Use the natural resources from the environment to engage and ignite fascination, help children to love understand and care for the great outdoors.
5) Be excited and show genuine love for the outdoor area, there’s nothing like the enthusiasm of a practitioner who loves outside to inspire and excite little minds to engage in outdoor play.
Please let me know how you entice little ones outside and feel free to comment on this page too! Happy outdoor play!