Nature Play and Natural Playgrounds
What is nature play?
"Nature play" is a form of play that happens in and within nature. It also involves playing with natural elements such as plants, trees, water, sand, stones, and even dirt. Children are able to feel the breezes, take in the fresh air, observe seasonal changes, and feel the warmth of the sun on their skin. Nature play also has the ability to excite their senses through beautiful sights, sounds, textures, and scents.
Benefits of natural playgrounds
Children have the opportunity to get acquainted with the local ecosystem
Children can learn to appreciate and care for the natural world around them
The natural environment and playgrounds help reduce stress
The natural environment and playgrounds help focus attention
The natural environment and playgrounds support active body movement in unique ways