Playground time is an important part of Day Nursery child’s day

Child on tricycle on Day Nursery playground

Tricycles help children develop gross motor skills

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. 

While in a sandbox, children learn many concepts including cause and effect and sharing.

This student is using his problem solving skills to work his way out of this dead end

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