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Getting Outdoors for Learning and Fun

By Too Small to Fail

Getting Outdoors for Learning and Fun

For many of us, the month of April brings warmer weather and with it, plenty of chances to get outside and enjoy outdoor activities with young children. The fact is, outdoor play offers many opportunities for parents to promote learning in infants and toddlers and prepare them for school. No matter the age, all young children can benefit from play in nature. Learn more about a few of those benefits, and try some of our tips, below. 

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Outdoor play encourages physical activity, which helps children develop important motor skills. 

As they run, climb, or jump, young children are exercising muscles and learning how to perform goal-oriented tasks. This learning can help ensure that a young child stays physically active and healthy later in life.

You can instill a love and respect for nature.

As your child explores nature in your community firsthand, you can help her develop a respect and appreciation for living creatures and the environment they inhabit by modeling those behaviors yourself.

It’s a colorful way to build your child’s vocabulary.

The more words your child hears, the more words she learns. There is always something new to point out as you step outside together, whether it’s budding flowers, flying birds, or a new building.

 

Talking is Teaching: Let’s Talk About the Sunshine

Talking is Teaching: Let’s Talk About the Sunshine

Have a conversation with your child about how the sunshine feels on your skin, or sing “You Are My Sunshine”--in any language!-- and ask your child to clap along.

 

 

Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week

Go on a scavenger hunt while out on a walk. Help your child look for birds, benches, trees, or bushes, and encourage her to explore different textures of things like rocks, tree bark, or grass. Describe the shapes and colors of all you see around you!

 

 

Fostering a Love of Nature in Honor of Earth Day

Fostering a Love of Nature in Honor of Earth Day

Just in time for Earth Day, don’t miss our special post on the Clinton Foundation Blog with tips on how you can promote learning while out in nature.

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