Outdoor play is one of the things that characterize childhood. And as Lord Nuffield once said, the best preparation for adulthood is to have a full and enjoyable childhood. Thus childhood must include outdoor play. Children need opportunities to explore, experiment, manipulate, reconfigure, expand, influence, change, marvel, discover, practice, dam up, push their limits, yell, sing and create. Some of our favorite childhood memories are outdoor activities. This is no accident.
If children have lost interest in your school’s playground, it may be time to reevaluate its fun factor. Figuring out whether children are enjoying themselves can be as simple as watching them. To achieve a “state of play”, children need to have the freedom from adult dictates to explore and play on their own and interact with other children.