Day Nursery children go outside a minimum of twice a day as long as the temperature is above 25 degrees. It was hard to believe it was January today when these children from the downtown Federal Center poured out onto the playground after nap time. As I write this post at the end of the day on Thursday, the temperature in Indianapolis is still at 50 degrees. Thanks to director Sarah Parks for sharing these pictures from her center.
Play is an important vehicle for developing self-regulation as well as for promoting language, cognition, and social competence. Children of all ages love to play, and it gives them opportunities to develop physical competence and enjoyment of the outdoors, understand and make sense of their world, interact with others, express and control emotions, develop their symbolic and problem-solving abilities, and practice emerging skills. Research shows the links between play and foundational capacities such as memory, self-regulation, oral language abilities, social skills, and success in school.