Outdoor activities provide opportunities for preschoolers to explore, be active, socialize with other children and use their imagination. These activitieshelp children explore their natural surroundings, get fresh air, exercise, and burn off excess energy. It increases their stamina and strength. It also provides opportunity for sensory exploration and can help children develop a love for nature.
At a preschool, often these outdoor activities are referred to as Gross Motor Activities. Gross motor skills are the large muscles movements that are needed for walking, running, and climbing. These skills develop during the first few years of life and are important for a child’s physical development. Playing games with other children can help children learn how to communicate and cooperate with others, thereby developing their social skills. Creativity is the ability to come up with new ideas. It is important for children to be creative so they can solve problems and be successful in school and in their future careers. Playing in the sand, painting with watercolors, and building with blocks can all help children be more creative.
On one side, these activities tickle the child’s desire to learn more and be curious. On the other hand, this has a tremendous impact on how kids learn rules, pick up abstract ideas, and interpret the world. Consequently, outdoor activities aid brain development.They interact with people more frequently, which promotes the growth of empathy, teamwork, and cultural competency. Additionally, having fun and being cheerful when outside in the sun is always there. Therefore, children’s anxiety, depression, and hyperactivity are reduced as a result of outside activities.
Children who often play outside tend to be more self-aware and sensitive to the feelings of others. It’s interesting to note that research indicates that children who play outside often are less likely to grow up to be bullies.For children to engage in constructive interactions with their friends, outdoor play requires cooperation and inventiveness. Children who have regular access to outdoor playtime are more likely to get along with others and discover points of mutual interest.
Imagine what childhood would be like if you were limited to the house and unable to play outside, climb, swing, or have fun. Playing outside is what makes children unique and aids in our growth throughout the most important stage of life’s development – the preschool years. Teachers and parents must develop ways to convince kids to put down their electronic gadgets and go outside since too many kids spend far too much time indoors.
When choosing the right preschool for your child, please ensure that the curriculum provides some outdoor play time, outdoor activities and of course several gross motor activities. To know more about the UC Kindies International Preschool curriculum, call us on 9111611107