Outdoor play is critical for a child's development. Go back to your own childhood and think of some of your favorite memories involving play. I bet one of your first memories involves being outside. Children develop gross motor skills when outdoors - running, jumping, hopping, pushing, climbing, crawling ... all easily done when outdoors. Watch children older than 4, they often create games together using only what is available in the
environment. What an opportunity for problem solving and cooperative play! For your little ones, being outdoors means simply exploring and developing a love for nature. For the remainder of the week, I'll offer some ideas on outdoor play. Until then, plan on going outdoors with only one plan - to play.
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist