I read a quote recently that sums up my philosophy about the outdoors and early childhood, “nature is the best playground.” It is that simple! Children don’t need lots of fancy toys or gadgets to learn, create, have fun or discover. Instead, children gain knowledge, cognitive skills, confidence, physical skills, and self-regulation through hands-on outdoor explorations. The natural world can not be replicated on a computer screen or in a classroom and it most definitely shouldn’t be cast aside.
Outdoor play helps with:
When choosing a location for Kuwait Reggio Center, one of my main concerns was that we have a large yard to allow for outdoor play, gardening and exploration. Luckily, we found a place that met all our needs. Each day, our students get to enjoy 45 minutes of outdoor free play and additional time working in the vegetable garden. In Kuwait, it can be difficult to find such a location. Most houses have small yards or no yard, so it is very important that children are brought somewhere they can explore the outdoors. It is also fun for parents to play with their kids outside! It helps relieve stress and allows for wonderful bonding.
Below are some suggested outdoor areas to visit in Kuwait: