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Natural Playgrounds

Outside play is a hugely significant part of any child’s development, and creating safe, interactive, and stimulating environments for children to play in is so important. Children experience a great sense of freedom in outdoor settings. One of the newest trends in child care is the move towards natural playgrounds. Natural playgrounds, unlike traditional plastic playgrounds, are created using largely natural materials, creating beautiful, exciting playgrounds that are fun and safe, and respect the environment too. Natural playgrounds also provide greater opportunities for children to engage in interactive play. They contain space for children to run and play as well as utilize natural materials which are movable and can be manipulated by little hands. The opportunities for exploration and creativity are endless.

There are many benefits in creating a natural playground for outside play such as:

  • They Help Children Be More Active
  • They are Accessible
  • They Encourage Imaginative Play
  • They Improve Social Skills
  • They Aid in the Development of Motor Skills

According to the Children and Nature Network, children who play regularly in natural settings are sick less often. Mud, sand, water, leaves, sticks, pine cones, and gum nuts can help to stimulate children’s immune systems as well as their imagination. One of the greatest benefits of natural playgrounds is the ways they help children improve their fine motor skills. A natural setting involves a vast array of textures, sensory activities, gardens and natural sounds to encourage children to engage all their senses. Playing outside should be fun, and what kids don’t love to create, climb, make believe, and engage in a natural environment all while burning off steam.

April 7th, 2017

Posted In: Benefits of the Montessori Method