As children and even as adults, we are told about the importance of spending time outdoors and getting some fresh air.
With children now back at school and with temperatures starting to rise, we could soon see more classes moving to outdoor learning environments – and this, in many cases, can prove very beneficial.
It’s widely known that spending time outdoors has a lot of benefits to our health and can also foster the process of learning and development.
In this article, we take a closer look at some of the ways children can benefit from an outdoor learning environment.
What is outdoor learning?
Outdoor learning involves a range of activities during which children connect and engage with nature, as well experiment and interact with the elements of the outside world.
Outdoor learning isn’t just about doing what is done in a classroom and doing it outside but it involves a range of engaging activities, such as residential school trips, sports activities and even multi-day expeditions.
In short, outdoor learning is all about encouraging children to embrace and discover the world around them while gaining the benefits associated with spending time in nature.
Benefits of outdoor learning:
- Develops problem solving skills
Not only is outdoor learning a great way to help develop your child’s problem solving skills but it also helps gain a greater understanding of the world we are living in.
- Boosts physical health and well-being
The physical benefits of being active and spending time outdoors are well-known but the contact with nature also boosts mental health. Nature has a calming effect, helps to reduce stress and also nurtures a positive mental state.
- Develops an appreciation for the outdoors
When you were a kid, you may have loved being outside but today, that seems to have been somewhat lost. By taking learning outdoors, not only will your little ones enjoy their time outdoors but will also develop a new-found love for all things nature.
- Keeps them off screens
Technology has taken over our lives, including the lives of our children. Many kids these days own tablets and smartphones and are spending a lot of time in front of the screen. However, we all know that too much screen time can actually be damaging – especially to young children. With outside learning your child can enjoy time away from the screen, take in some fresh air and bask in the sunlight.
As you can see, the great outdoors has a host of benefits for your youngsters to explore and make the most of. This is why both parents and teachers should actively encourage outdoor learning as often as possible, especially post-lockdown. A variety of outdoor activities should ideally be included in school curriculums for the benefit of both pupils and teachers. By going on adventures and playing outside, your kids can learn to love nature for all its glory and can gain and develop a range of skills!