Go Out and Play! Reaping the Benefits of Outdoor Play while Overcoming Practical Hurdles and Concerns for Safety
Young children thrive in outdoor environments. Time outside provides children with opportunities for developmentally-appropriate risk-taking and allows children to experience the satisfaction of overcoming challenges, solving problems, and making new discoveries. Sometimes the hurdles to getting outside, such as logistics, worry about safety, or weather conditions, seem so great that children do not get out enough.
We will explore the ways teachers can overcome hurdles and give infants, toddlers, and preschoolers opportunities to challenge their growing abilities and be supported in healthy risk-taking and exploration in rich and complex outdoor environments.
Our panel members will discuss how educators encourage safe and healthy children’s outdoor play in four different settings: The Infant Toddler Children’s Center, the Anarchy Zone in the Ithaca Children’s Garden, a preschool naturalists program in Massachusetts, and the Henry Frost Children’s Center.
Presenters: Cindy Heaney, Director, The Infant Toddler Children’s Center; Iris Chin Ponte, Director, Henry Frost Children’s Center; Heather Di Giovanni, Outdoor Curriculum Specialist and Naturalist; and Claire Kamenski, Teacher, Henry Frost Children’s Center
Free and open to the public.