“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath it’s shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning as it wakes every living creature that divides its day between waking and sleeping”.
Dr. Maria Montessori
Children have a natural fascination for wildlife and nature, and being outside is a perfect forum for them to engage in stick collecting, naming trees and flowers, bug hunting, taking note of seasons changes and using natural resources for science, knowledge and art purposes. At The Beanstalk, garden play happens on a daily basis and we have waterproof suits for wet days.
The freedom children experience outdoors is an extension of their learning environment. They can jump in the puddles, be boisterous and energetic without fear of disruption, they can climb, transfer and be imaginative and artistic on a large scale. It is important that children receive fresh air to improve physicality, and give themselves emotional and mental space, natural daylight and the freedom to be self-expressive.