Early Years & Kindergarten

The Importance of Outdoor Unstructured Free Play

Early Years & Kindergarten

The Importance of Outdoor Unstructured Free Play for early years and kindergarten

Workshop Summary

“The goal posts have changed.”  This is a metaphor used to describe the foundational skills of young children entering  kindergarten.  Research has indicated that over the last 30 years children are more fidgety and clumsier, are easily frustrated, have poor fine motor skills and overall difficulties with attending due to the increase of sedentary behaviours (Hanscom, 2016) Good news; there is a solution.  Outdoor unstructured free play supports the foundational skills for learning.

 This  session will focus on creating an outdoor area that provides a variety of unstructured  free play activities that are sensory rich, provide big body play to promote motor skills and  offer loads of opportunities for children to connect, challenge and problem-solve.  Consistently using the outdoors will support independent learning and an increase in attention and focus, plus provide many opportunities for social collaboration and self-regulation.  These are key ingredients to learning.  The more we provide these foundational skills the better. 

 We will focus on unstructured free play activities that support any type of weather. Handouts will be emailed following the webinar.


About The Workshop

“The goal posts have changed.”  This is a metaphor used to describe the foundational skills of young children entering  kindergarten.  Research has indicated that over the last 30 years children are more fidgety and clumsier, are easily frustrated, have poor fine motor skills and overall difficulties with attending due to the increase of sedentary behaviours (Hanscom, 2016) Good news; there is a solution.  Outdoor unstructured free play supports the foundational skills for learning.

 This  session will focus on creating an outdoor area that provides a variety of unstructured  free play activities that are sensory rich, provide big body play to promote motor skills and  offer loads of opportunities for children to connect, challenge and problem-solve.  Consistently using the outdoors will support independent learning and an increase in attention and focus, plus provide many opportunities for social collaboration and self-regulation.  These are key ingredients to learning.  The more we provide these foundational skills the better. 

 We will focus on unstructured free play activities that support any type of weather. Handouts will be emailed following the webinar.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the developmental benefits of outdoor, child led, unstructured play. 
  • Learning how to set up your playground to provide a variety of outdoor unstructured free play.
  • Understanding what loose parts and tools needed to support child led play outdoors.

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