Benefits From Outdoors Learning

Research on Nature Kindergartens

A growing amount of research and study of nature kindergartens has become available over the last 30 years. It is well documented that children’s development can be enhanced greatly in nature kindergartens in a number of areas. The following are some of the top benefits that outdoor learning provides.

Kids create team work and build amazing shelters

Kids create team work and build amazing shelters

Leadership

During free play the children develop their abilities to work together, lead and follow.

A stick becomes a flute

A stick becomes a flute

Imagination and Creative Thinking Skills

Children in forest kindergartens are masters of ingenuity. They show significantly higher levels of imagination and creative thinking skills than their indoor peers.

We do a lot of climbing

We do a lot of climbing

Motor Skills, Muscles

Children’s gross and fine motor skills improve when they move on uneven surfaces. In nature children strengthen their muscles, agility and balance.

A quiet moment

A quiet moment

Ability To Concentrate and Abstract Thinking Skills

The outdoor environment has a huge impact on children’s concentration and cognitive ability.

Gabo investigating life on a log

Gabo investigating life on a log

Independence

Outside the children have open space to develop games and solve problems independently.

Running in pools

Running in pools

Self Confidence and Resiliency

Taking and negotiating risk is an essential part or developing self confidence and resilience. In the outdoor environment children have the opportunity to interact with varying levels of risk in the natural world, such as weather and topography.

Getting your hands dirty

Getting your hands dirty

Health

Studies have shown that children in nature/forest kindergartens have 25% fewer sick days.

Balancing on logs

Balancing on logs

Spatial Sense and Awareness

The children develop their intuitive feel for shape and space while playing in nature. Nothing in nature ever moves the same way and awareness of the surroundings becomes necessary.