“It's time to add a pinch of adventure, a sprinkle of sunshine and a big handful of outdoor play.”- Penny Whitehouse.
‘Nature is the best playground’ is one of the truest statements of outdoor play. Even when our kids have access to fancy playgrounds, parks and new outdoor toys – there’s nothing like the pull of nature. After the newness of some toys or objects, nothing holds the attention of kids like outdoor play. And yes, non-natural toys like digging, ball balancing, musical wall, caterpillar wall for patterns, transporting, building or imaginative items can elevate their outdoor play. Because nature is the best playground and they’re simply bringing their tools!
‘Gurukul Global School’ has introduced a fantastic idea to promote hands on-activities among students, taking an initiative to create a specially designated area called ‘Itsy Bitsy Corner’. This encourages the students to do practical tasks, fostering enjoyable and natural learning experiences. In the Itsy Bitsy corner, diverse activities are conducted to allow these tiny tots to shine and grow under the nurturing touch of the sun, fostering a connection between children and nature. Time spent in nature provides our children with the opportunity to switch off and give their brains a well-earned break from the demands of everyday life. Allowing children playtime helps them burn off energy and improve their ability to concentrate, helping them to excel in the classroom. The outdoor presents a different and exciting environment for the children where they can have fun, letting imaginations run wild and offer an escape from reality.
There’s a simple cause for this passion — kids cultivate a love for nature through their own experiences with flora and fauna. They enjoy listening to the melodious songs of birds perched in the trees. They catch fireflies and ladybugs. They witness sunshine, plant flowers and explore by doing.
These wonderful memories inspire them to evolve into informed and compassionate adults. They appreciate the value of these spaces, so they’re more motivated to preserve them.
It’s truly said, “We must teach our children to smell the earth, to taste the rain, to touch the wind, to see things grow, to hear the Sun rise, feel the sunshine and night fall – to care.”