Hi, I am completing a dissertation on outdoor play and i am looking for helpful links and information in regards to my question which is.... How does outdoor play benefit children developmentally, and do parents and carers value outdoor play that settings provide.
Any information relating to this would be gratefully received,
Jacqui Tymon :)
As a long time summer camp councillor, I can see how outdoor play can benefit children. It teaches them to be aware of random stimuli in the environment; of animals, plants and non - living things in nature. Also, it may reduce ego-centricism, as the child must be aware that animals think differently than they do. I don't know any scientific numbers to back up these observations, but if you're looking into raw data, try the California children's outdoor bill of rights - it has information on the benefits of outdoor play