[R-0440] S4. Instructional Planning

Citation: Early Head Start National Resource Center. (2013). Supporting outdoor play and exploration for infants and toddlers. Retrieved from site [or enter “Supporting outdoor play and exploration” in your search window]

Abstract: Instructors will use this resource to provide scholar information on developing outdoor play spaces, safety considerations, and strategies and policies that support the development and learning of infants and toddlers through engaging in active play outdoors and exploring the natural world.

Integration: Developers of this resource suggest that one way to maximize time for outdoor play is to shift outdoor play schedule depending on the time and season of year. For example, midday, when the sun is highest, might work best when it is cold; early morning may be best in climates where heat builds up later in the day.

Content Focus: Outdoor Play; Supporting Outdoor Play and Exploration; Infants, Toddlers, and Twos

Notes: Scholars may choose and discuss five safety considerations for outdoor play that they would address during teacher planning at the beginning of the year.