Education is not all about sitting in a classroom and listening to a teacher. There are other ways that children can learn and develop interpersonal skills. The great outdoors, for example, is a fantastic environment for helping children with their overall understanding of the world and how to solve problems. I have teamed up with a boys’ school in London to share some of the benefits of outdoor learning in further detail below.
Promotes an Active, Healthy Lifestyle
Spending time outdoors is great for a child’s physical and mental wellbeing, and therefore helps to promote a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and fresh air encourage the production of feel-good hormones, so children will learn to associate the great outdoors with a sense of happiness and fulfilment.
Develops Motor Skills
When children run, jump, skip, climb, or even walk, they are engaging their gross motor skills. When they help plant seeds or another type of gardening, they are engaging their fine motor skills. These are essential skills for normal development and vital for carrying out everyday tasks.
Appeals to Kinaesthetic Learners
Not every child is able to absorb information in the same way. Some like to read or listen to an explanation, while others prefer hands-on activities. This is particularly true for kinaesthetic learners who like to engage all of their senses when learning. So, outdoor activities are great for engaging different types of learners who may not thrive in a traditional classroom environment.
Promotes a Sense of Respect for the Environment
Nowadays, there is a strong focus on global warming and the environmental impact of human behaviour. Children who spend a lot of time outdoors are able to discover a certain connection with nature, and therefore a sense of respect for the environment.
These are just a few of the many benefits of outdoor learning for children. So, next time you have an opportunity to take your child for a walk in the park or a trip to the seaside, don’t turn it down. As well as helping them create fond memories, you will also give them a chance to develop key skills that will benefit them throughout their time at school and beyond.