Young children are curious explorers, a vitally important quality they love to express in science, engineering, math, and art activities. STEM and STEAM encourage hands-on learning, so messy experiments lend themselves to outdoor play. Science and art learning are both enhanced by being experienced in a natural environment. (Click here to learn more about STEM learning.)
While there is climbing and gross motor movement to be done indoors, the best way for children to really move their large muscles is by playing outside. Toddlers and preschoolers love running, jumping, and moving their bodies in the fresh air and open spaces.
Math Foundations Skill-Builders
While math is often thought of as an indoor academic learning experience, many fun math activities can be easily brought outdoors! Try counting and categorizing the natural objects that you find outside, such as rocks, pinecones, leaves, or twigs.