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Creative and Critical Thinking in Outdoor Play

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Creative and Critical Thinking in Outdoor Play

Nature offers a freedom of exploration and risk-taking that is hard to replicate in other learning environments. In the outdoors, the children of Bambini Grandi 2 have endless space, and a chance to be independent. They can take risks, find out what their bodies are capable of, and practice problem solving.
As teachers, we observe so much more creativity and imaginative play when children play in nature. For every day we spend outdoors, the children of Bambini Grandi 2 experience how important, beautiful, fun, magical, interesting, and inspiring our natural world is.

Creativity 

Creating snowmen, building a snowball shop and painting in the snow are experiences that foster the creativity of the children, while also boosting their ability to problem-solve and experiment with various materials.

Snow play provides hands-on opportunities for children to engage in dramatic play while learning and using new words in play. Words like cold, icy, slippery, deep, crunchy, wet and slushy, are some words the children use meaningful ways outdoors. What a wonderful way to build vocabulary and share ideas with peers and educators!!

Critical Thinking 

As the children independently dress up for outdoor play,  create, and throw snowballs, they are practicing their coordination skills.
​Opportunities to fill different buckets with snow and pour them out, allows the children observe, measure and compare sizes.

“Kindness is like snow, it beautifies everything it covers” 
-Kahlil Gibran

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Adrian Cheung

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