Fun In Toddlers Garden
In Squirrels room (3-15 months), Rabbits room (1-2 years) and Owls room (1-2 years) the children are enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. We have various activities set up in our garden which encourage children to get the best out of their development. In our construction area, we have some foam bricks and a wheel barrow to carry them around. Elijah said "look" and pointed at the wheel barrow, he then proceeded to pick the wheelbarrow up and started pushing it around the garden. Elijah picked a brick out of the wheelbarrow one by one, a staff member prompted him to count. This small activity can benefit Elijah in many ways, it is helping support his Mathematical Development by encouraging him to count, it is helping with his Physical Development because he is pushing it around and it is also helping his Communication and Language development as he is encouraged to speak about the activity. Saphari who is 1 year, enjoyed riding around the garden in the car. She managed to open the door to the car and sit inside. She was also turning the wheel and saying "beep, beep", when copying a staff member. Again this helps support Physical Development and Communication and Language. Amelia and Phoebe sat nicely in the creative area, they used various colour pencils to make marks and was copying each others mark making. Amelia said "look, paper", Phoebe picked up the paper and laughed. Not only is this supporting their Communication and Language, its also supporting their Expressive Arts and their Physical Development.
Why is it important for children to play outdoors?
Children need the opportunity to use their whole body and develop their gross motor skills. Its only when they have mastered these that they will be able to control their fine motor skills, such as using knife and fork or holding a pencil, for instance. As a result, children playing outside can have a positive impact. Children have a great need for physical exercise and activity and a chance to use their muscles to run, jump, skip. They like to use their whole body when they play outdoors, and find physical activities interesting and challenging.
Health Benefits of playing outdoors
Outdoor Activities to try at home
Fizzy Foam Car Wash- This is a fun messy activity your child can enjoy using a water table and a few household items. Add soap to water, add some items and let your child splash away!
Mud Painting- Let your child collect mud from the garden, add water and give it a stir. Provide some paper and some painting equipment e.g. paintbrushes. Let your child get stuck in, watch out for worms in the mud!
Chalk Drawing- If you have patio in your garden and your child loves using their imagination this is for you! Provide your child with chalks and let them draw on the floor. This is a very simple yet exciting activity and the chalk will just wash away when your finished!
Planting your own seeds- Let your child get involved by picking which flowers or vegetables they would like to grow. Let them pour the soil and bury the seeds, and then you can extend the activity by speaking to them about how the seeds will grow and what we can do to help them grow faster.