At Jellybean we spend 2 hours outside everyday! No matter what the weather is like, we make time to explore the outdoors. We make sure that the children are always prepared for the weather. In the winter we wear layers, boots, and waterproof clothing. In the hot days of summer we do water play, stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and find shady areas to cool down. The children love their outside time and it is very important to their development.
In our outside classroom we do lots of large motor play but there is so much more to our backyard than that. We learn so many things about science, do art activities, build with natural material, plant our garden and watch it grow, make friends, learn to share and take turns, learn how to respect our environment, explore and discover the world around us, and laugh so much!
Research shows that children who learn and play outdoors have:
•Longer Attention Spans
•Higher Levels of Confidence
•Higher Test Scores
•Greater Academic Success
•Significant improvements in cognitive development, self-discipline, imaginative and creative expression, language skills, and social interactions.
So if you ever wonder if all the children are doing outside is just playing, think again. They are learning and growing!
Here is a cool activity to do with your child while you're outdoors. Check out our Pinterest page for more fun ideas!
- Ms. Jenn