Kids Are Born To Be Wild – And Not Mild

Physical Fitness and Weight Control
According to nursery teacher training, the greatest health risk facing kids today is not a awful disease, such as leukemia, or an unthinkable shock such as sexual abuse (2001). Rather, the biggest anxiety today is obesity.  Teacher training shows that the pressure on schools to boost test scores has led to decreasing kids’ opportunities to join in recess and physical education (PE) programs and how this has led to an increase in obese and overweight kids (2001).
Overweight kids have troubles that go beyond physical appearances.  Dealing with obesity also means dealing with the health status of kids.

Appreciation of Nature and Stress Reduction
taking the time to understand nature is becoming replaced with other activities.  Montessori course states, “Our society has become increasingly multifaceted, but there remains a need for every child to feel the sun and wind on his cheek and connect in self-paced play”.  We need to “unplug” kids and get them outside before they lose the optimistic aspects of outside experiences during these shaping years.

Outdoor play is necessary for kids’ health and well-being. The wisdom of peace and enjoyment kids experience when they take in fresh air, feel the tenderness of the sun on their backs, and watch a butterfly land gently on a flower is immense. Kids enjoy running, jumping, climbing, and playing outdoors.

Outdoor Time Improves Curriculum
According to the early childhood education, ignoring the developmental functions of free outdoor play denies kids the opportunity to increase their imaginations ahead of the restraints of the classroom.”

The time kids spend outside every day is just as significant to their learning as the time they spend in the classroom. For teachers, the outdoors offers many ways to improve the curriculum and support kids’ growth and learning.

Language and Literacy
Expand kids’ language and verbal communication by asking them to tell you about their explorations outside. Write down what they say for conversation. As kids discover outside, there will be bounty of opportunities to ask questions about their observations.  This helps to expand their language.  You may also want to ask them to find incredible that is huge, slippery, bright, bold, glowing, rough, furry, prickly, and so on, thus providing another chance to extend their language.

Teach number concepts by appealing in hands-on activities that allow kids to imagine these concepts.

Expose kids to estimating, data collection, organization, and representation by having them arrange and categorize the objects they find outdoors, then have them make a chart where they can sort out and evaluate the items in their collections.


Encourage kids to take a curiosity in all forms of life.  They might try putting up bird feeders and keeping them stored all winter.  Or, they could collect worms and study their eating habits and their life cycle. Bring out a stethoscope so kids can listen to their heartbeat before and after running around the backyard.

Social Studies
promote learning about spaces and geography by talking about spatial relationships when you take a walk; providing paper and markers so kids can sketch maps and their playing field.

Explore concepts related to people and how they live, utilizing what you watch in the play yard or when you take walks.

 The Arts
Support the visual arts by bringing writing materials outside: paint, crayons, colored chalk, and other art materials. Promote kids to watch carefully and draw what they see. Encourage musical information by having the students “play” playground objects as if they were instruments.  They can run a stick along a boundary marker and hear the rhythm or hit a slide at various points along its length and note how the sounds change.

Never-Ending Learning Opportunities from Outdoors Time
From the preceding pages you can see that external is a place that may comprise many learning activities that we usually think of as taking place inside the classroom. The outside also adds actions to the traditional inside activities range. Too often, kids are inside learning about interesting animals and habitats and know nothing about their local environment.

While outdoors, there is more of a possibility that the variety of experiences will better be there to all learning styles.

we need to understand that not going outside is a serious problem for the kids in our society today.  Kids that do not have an opportunity for outdoor play are in danger of obesity and it consequences.  These kids are also losing out on the dominant contact of nature admiration and how it may lessen stress now and for years to come.

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