Why Outdoors?

Why Outdoors?

Here at WPNS, aka Rainbow School, we know outdoor play is the optimal learning environment for young children. According to Teacher Tom in his course, Creating a Natural Habitat for Learning, on average U.S. children spend 4 to 7 minutes a day outdoors and 7 hours a day on screens and are suffering from a nature deficit. It’s recommended children spend 4 or more hours a day outdoors. Children who play outdoors are on average:

  • Happier
  • Less anxious
  • More attentive
  • More focused
  • More confident
  • More creative
  • Healthier with stronger immune systems and less exposed to indoor germs
  • Exposed to more Vitamin D which regulates mental and emotional health and calcium absorption
  • More physically fit and more apt to maintain an active lifestyle as adults
  • More resilent, flexible, and able to face physical and cognitive challenges
  • More able than same age peers in gross motor skills
  • Healthier eaters and sleepers
  • Less stressed and fatigued

They also are:

  • Unique in their sense of wonder
  • Immersed in an enhanced sensory experience
  • Thinkers
  • Cognitively benefitted
  • Caretakers
  • More in tune with the cycles of life and death
  • More connected with the earth and all its inhabitants

Join us in outdoor play advocacy for all children of all ages.