Outdoor learning opportunities are important for children with regards to their overall development as it teaches them about the wider world and key skills like problem solving. Whilst exploring the great outdoors, children are prompted to take control of their own learning, which is great for their independence. It has been incorporated into lesson time by many schools, which is often referred to as “forest schools”. If you would like to learn more about the benefits and why outdoor learning is important for children, keep reading.
This post was put together with the help of an international sixth form.
We all feel refreshed after some time outside and there’s actually some science behind it. According to research, it is believed that this is down to the colour green. It has a way of making us feel calm and less anxious, which is why in a study looking at children who spent time outdoors, they were found to be less stressed and happier within themselves. This benefit can trickle down to their performance at school. If they are happier and in a better place mentally, they will likely do better in school as a result.
As well as the mental health aspect, there’s the physical. Children need around 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a day in order to stay fit and healthy. This is unlikely when they’re stuck indoors all day. Outdoor learning activities allow children to walk around and move their bodies which can in turn have some great physical health benefits.
Gross Motor Skills
To follow on from the last point, younger children are able to build upon their gross motor skills. They can build physical strength by walking, running, climbing and just being free.
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