Children love the sense of freedom provided by time spent on the playground. The chance to run, pedal, climb, and slide are unique to the outdoors and you can see children’s excitement grow as playground time approaches. During warmer weather, many programs adjust their playground schedules to allow for more time to be spent outside, which is a wonderful way to promote gross motor development and healthy habits surrounding physical activity.
It is important to consider, however, that not all children run, pedal, climb, and slide for the entire period of time spent outdoors. A lack of engaging alternatives may lead to boredom on the playground. Fortunately, with a little creativity, the playground can transform from a space solely reserved for physical activity to a rich outdoor learning environment.