Outdoor Play During COVID-19

Information from Outdoor Play Canada

The Importance of Play

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Play is a means to early learning that capitalizes on children's natural curiosity and enthusiasm.

It is a child's right and a critical element to child well-being.

Unstructured, Child-led Play:

  • A philosphy that encourages children to explore their interests and ideas without an imposed outcome.

Winter Outdoor Play:

snow

Do you remember building a snow fort or climbing a snow mountain when you were a child?  These experiences help children learn & develop risk-management skills.

During the winter months it's common for children to have less outdoor time. Playing outside in every season offers unique learning opportunties and benefits:

  • Physical well-being- outdoor play encourages your whole body to move. 
  • Emotional benefits- self-confidence, ability to assess risk.
  • Social benefits- when children play together they learn how to cooperate, negotiate and problem solve.

Outside Play

More on Play:

Play Learn Think

Unstructured Play Infographics- CPHA

Power off and Play Video

Physical Literacy:

physical-literacy--5-

learn more: https://www.tbdhu.com/physlit