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Young children, the outdoors and nature
Young children, the outdoors and nature

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2 Puff and Pant

Anne Pelo’s work illustrates beautifully how being outdoors can be a wonderful sensory learning experience for very young children; in fact, it is the ideal environment. It is well documented that multi-sensory experiences are optimal for young children’s learning. It is surprising therefore to find that the potential of the outdoor environment is often not considered in this way. In this section, you are going to consider some of the reasons why. This will include thinking about how the indoor environment and the outdoor environment are positioned in slightly different ways, and in particular how the outdoors has come to be seen as a place to think specifically about children’s health and their physical development.

A toddler smiling and running along a path.