The benefits of outdoor learning for children

Outdoor learning is a crucial element of any child’s personal and academic growth. With all that can be achieved and learned through exploring the great outdoors, children start to understand that learning can happen anywhere, not just in the classroom. I have teamed up with a sixth form in Lincolnshire to discuss the benefits of outdoor learning in further detail, as well as suggest some activities you could explore with your child outside. 

Great for overall well-being

One of the most obvious benefits of outdoor learning is that it’s great for a child’s mental and physical health. Nowadays, when they’re not studying at a desk, children are spending far too much time playing on their digital devices indoors. As a result, they’re not able to get the right amount of fresh air and exercise. Moving, stretching and even exposure to the sounds of nature release certain hormones that make us feel positive, which is fantastic for a child’s overall wellbeing.

Helps retain information better

Another benefit of outdoor learning is that it helps children retain information better. Young children in particular are better at absorbing things they have learnt if it is delivered through sensory and physical experiences, which is certainly something that outdoor learning provides. It’s a chance to reinforce what has been discussed in the classroom, resulting in better academic results.

Outdoor learning activities

There are lots of learning activities you can encourage your child to try outdoors. Even something as simple as taking a walk through the forest and talking about what sort of animals might be living amongst the trees, or how things change with each season, is a great way to encourage your child to engage with the environment. You could also consider things like birdwatching or growing vegetables in the garden. If you have more time, like during the school holidays, you could take your child camping and teach them some survival skills, such as how to put up a tent and read a map.

It might be worth having a chat with your child’s teachers to find out more about how you can compliment their learning with your home activities. They may have some age-appropriate suggestions of things you can do in the garden or local park to heighten your child’s overall learning experiences. 

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