The Perks of a Play-in-the-Mud Educational Philosophy

Posted On: 6/13/2018 12:03 PM

Two youngsters tumbling in hay outdoors"Give young kids the opportunities to engage in hours of free, unstructured play in the natural world, and they develop just as organically as any other creature. They learn creativity as they explore and engage with complex ecological systems—and imagine new worlds of their own. Freed from playground guardrails that constrain (even as they protect), kids build strength, develop self-confidence, and learn to manage risks as they trip, stumble, fall, hurt, and right themselves. Research shows that the freedom of unstructured time in open space helps kids learn to focus. It also just feels good: Nature reduces stress."

Read more at  The Atlantic - April 26, 2018


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