We are fortunate at Kin Kin Early Education to have a diverse and natural playground.
We run a comprehensive outdoor education program which teaches the children how to propagate veggies, grow, harvest and cook them, as well as composting.
During this process, the children are provided with important jobs to do such as feeding the worm farm, watering the veggies or picking the crops. This approach allows the children to absorb the activities they are involved with more thoroughly, and learning becomes easier.
What the research says:
- 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 system as well as their imagination.
- Children who spend more time outside tend to be more physically active and less likely to be overweight. Children who play in natural settings are more resistant to stress; have lower incidence of behavioural disorders, anxiety and depression; and have a higher measure of self-worth.
- Children who play in natural settings play in more diverse, imaginative and creative ways and show improved language and collaboration skills.
- Children who play in nature have more positive feelings about each other.
- Bullying behaviour is greatly reduced where children have access to diverse nature-based play environments. Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder are reduced after contact with nature.