Outdoor Play and Nature

Ch. 26 Explore More About Outdoor Play and Nature

Children playing in dirt
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Interested in learning more about children’s play outdoors? Explore one of the following resources to expand your thinking about this type of play.

In this webinar, Albrecht, Reese-Learned, and Young share how teachers can support nature-based play as well as talk with families about potential risks associated with outdoor play. In addition, they will share specific activities for children and how these experiences benefit children’s learning and development.

In this article, you will learn more about the benefits of play to children’s well-being. This article highlights research focused on health concerns such as obesity, anxiety, and weak bone development in children.

In this episode from the podcast Rediscovering Play, Brussoni describes why outdoor play is important for children and how her family navigated playing outdoors during the recent pandemic.


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