Stomping in the Mud Play Group is a rich, natural outdoor play environment where children have the opportunity to play outside,
rain or shine ... a chance for preschoolers to 'live in the moment' while learning through play.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Outside Play Is Not A Waste Of Time.......

When I play outside.......

I take risks
I face challenges
I solve problems
I make choices
I belong
I learn about my world
I discover and explore
I experiment
I imagine
I create
I take responsibility
I collaborate, communicate and co-operate
I lead
I can be noisy, messy and adventurous
I am independent
I am resilient
My body is strong
I learn about the natural world
I invent
I build
I am calmer and less anxious
I have a strong immune system
I wonder
I feel good about myself
I can be wild
I can be still
I find out what my body can do
I observe, I smell, I touch, I taste
I focus and concentrate
I feel connected to the natural world
I watch things grow
I explore mathematical and scientific concepts
I solve conflicts
I pretend
I am motivated
I am curious
I am master of my universe
I am healthy
I make up stories
I master physical skills
I have fun

Outdoor Play is NOT a waste of time

Give me long stretches of time, unhurried, unstructured play outdoors
It makes me happier, healthier, stronger and smarter.

Credit for this article goes to Jenny Kable from Australia, Let the Children Play


  1. I love the latest February writings! So true how our kids environment does not have to consist of four walls and store bought toys!

  2. I love what you have done with your space. I too have just started a new centre, and have lots of plans! I'm just a ferry ride away from you, so perhaps the next time i'm over your way, i'd love to see your space for real! I ended up getting caught in a bunch of red tape getting my centre up and running, which used up a lot of my buget, so the backyard is a little sad... but we're making do, but I have a vision, and i'm excited to get going on it. So thank you very much for your inspiring posts.

  3. Your outside kitchen looks like such fun. Your kids must create some wonderful concoctions.