Why nature play?

There is a growing body of evidence and research data about the positive impacts for children who spend time playing in nature.

Some of these include:

  • Development of gross and fine motor skills
  • Developing social skills
  • Development and formation of environmental awareness and stewardship for the environment
  • Improving child well-being both physically and mentally
  • Development of empathy and care for the natural environment and for each other
  • Ability to engage their imagination and creative learning
  • Learning how to take measured risks and gaining the benefits
  • Opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving
  • Engagement with the wider world including the cosmos, the climate and the earth’s elements

 

Research and Reports:

Play England
http://www.playengland.org.uk/media/130593/play-naturally.pdf

Forest school report Canada
http://www.forestschoolcanada.ca/wp-content/themes/wlf/images/FSC-Guide_web.pdf

Wild about Play UK
http://www.playwork.co.uk/media/8501/wap_research_report.pdf

Bush Kinder
http://www.wgkg.vic.edu.au/bush-kinder/bknews/bushkinderevaluationreport

Futerra 2010 Branding Biodiversity Futerra Sustainability Communications http://www.futerra.co.uk/downloads/Branding_Biodiversity.pdf, 16 July 2011

Thomas G and Thompson G 2004 A Child’s Place: Why Environment Matters to Children Green Alliance/Demos, UK

The Earth Charter Initiative: Values and Principles for a Sustainable Future n.d http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html 21 Sep 2011