Gross Motor/ Outdoor Play

When intentionally planned for by interactive adults, Gross motor play and learning can support all four developmental domains; social emotional, physical, language and literacy and cognitive.  Outdoor gross motor play experiences are just as important as those indoors, as they are essential to a child's overall health and well-being.  Natural elements of weather and nature provide pleasurable sensory experiences that promote good health.  Weather conditions do not always permit outdoor play. Both indoor/outdoor motor play experiences are key to physical health.  Where gross motor play is physically conducive, children should have access to a full range of gross motor development with equipment that encourages and supports running, climbing, throwing, kicking, balancing, jumping, pedaling, etc.