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The Top 5 Educational Benefits of Nature Play

All too often we dismiss play as an extra, coming secondary to the more important work of learning. This is clearly seen in the drastic reduction in recess time for young children, and a shift away from play in the classroom, even at the preschool and kindergarten level. The problem with this mindset is that a growing body of research clearly demonstrates that for children, play is learning - perhaps the most important kind!

Taking play and learning outdoors on a regular basis isn’t just good for children’s health and wellbeing. It’s also been shown to build important cognitive and social-emotional skills and boost academic achievement. And children aren’t the only ones who benefit; added outdoor time is beneficial for parents and educators as well!

Check out our “Top 5 Educational Benefits of Nature Play” infographic for a look at some of the powerful advantages of outdoor play and learning!

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The Top 5 Developmental Benefits of Nature Play

After running a nature-based early childhood program for the past three years, I find myself so immersed in the world of nature play that I sometimes take for granted just how impactful regular outdoor play is on healthy development.

But on occasions when I find myself spending time with young children who don’t engage in regular outdoor exploration, the differences are striking…

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