Taking activities outdoors can be exciting for young children; they get to explore different surroundings, connect with nature and have space to develop their play. What’s more, when children take their role play adventures outdoors it can really bring the experience to life.
As well as giving them a little more freedom, allowing children to engage in outdoor role play has huge learning benefits. Being outside means that children can experiment with nature and incorporate items such as leaves, twigs and sand into their role play. The addition of natural props and being outdoors itself will add to the fun and give them a sensory experience.
Letting children spend time outside in the summer is common amongst practitioners, but why not do this during cooler months? Children can use their imaginations to theme scenarios around the weather, allowing them to get used to the different seasons we experience. If you decide to enjoy outdoor role play on a cold or wet day, encourage children to build a den together. After communicating and helping one another to create the den, children can then use it to shelter as well as part of their role play story.
Kids Planet Nursery in Cheshire encourages outdoor role play in all weathers. “There are lots of children who you can take outdoors and it’s like you’ve unlocked their imagination, it allows them to do stuff that they may not be able to do indoors. It’s never children who complain about the fact it’s raining, it’s adults that might not like to be outside in the rain. Children like to be out in all weather and they learn a lot through that.”
If you’re looking to add to your collection of outdoor role play resources, take a look at our latest outdoor range where you will find many products which are exclusive to Hope Education.