A new resource highlighting the educational possibilities of outdoor learning environments for children and young people has been launched today.
Learning Outdoors – Risks and Benefits will act as a guide on how educators can positively transform their spaces and follows a number of case studies across South Australia that show the successes that have been achieved.
At the heart of the guide is understanding how the risks and challenges that come with outdoor learning environments can be used to optimise learning opportunities through diverse and meaningful experiences.
With features such as a sandpit, loose parts, fire pit, pizza oven, chooks, mud, water, garden beds and diverse landscape, outdoor areas offer an array of learning possibilities that encourage children to challenge themselves and take risks.
The free resource, which was developed in collaboration with the public and private education sectors, Nature Play SA and Kidsafe SA, recognises how important natural outdoor learning environments are in the development of physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills.