Environments & materials for supporting physical play

A look at rich learning environments for supporting and encouraging young children's physical development.

Good for looking at

  • Physical play
  • Enabling environments
  • Materials and resources
  • Fine motor development
  • Gross motor development
 
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The physical environment is crucial
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for encouraging certain types of play and movement.
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And resources that can inspire gross motor play
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can vary widely.
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So we can do rolls and skills.
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Let's do double.
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Fine motor development can be encouraged by
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providing small toys and craft materials.
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Good boy, and we pick...
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Yay, good boy.
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Well done.
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Research shows that space encourages physical
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play so the outdoors is obviously crucial.
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Even a small area can be put to great use.
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Resources don't need to be expensive,
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and a bit of ingenuity can go a long way.
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The children can even help with ideas to make
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the space more interesting and inviting.
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Natural materials, trees, tires, planks, and crates can all
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inspire and challenge children's physical play.
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Open-ended materials are full of possibilities.
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Right, we're gonna put that one over there.
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Being allowed to get messy is also essential.
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As children master physical skills in an environment
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where they feel comfortable to make mistakes,
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mix up materials and create new ideas.