"Everything you do inside, you can do outside. 'Being outdoors is not 'recess,' it is an essential learning experience -and critical to child health and development of the whole child. While this concept is simple, manifesting it is a process requiring clear intention, problem solving, and action" (Nelson, 2004).
We recognize that young children learn best through active interaction with the physical and social environment. At the heart of the Creative Curriculum, lies well-planned learning centers, allowing self-directed play, small group time, and supportive teacher interactions. As an extension of the homebase, "Child choice learning environments" refer to both the indoor and outdoor environments.
Outside is more than a place to run around and "burn energy". By making the outdoor environment an extension of the homebase, we can fully support the children's cognitive, social, and emotional development.
To find out more about outdoor play reference Jim Greenman's article