• Iris Windsor

Benefits of Outdoor Play

Updated: Jan 23, 2019



Outdoor play is a big part of healthy growth. At Dragonfly's Early Learning, we make sure that the children get time outdoors every day.


Here are the benefits of outdoor play on children's health:

  • Learning

Playing outside helps children to develop their learning abilities...learning lots of things about the world...How does mud feel? How do plants grow? Why do we slide down instead of up? Does a butterfly have to learn to fly?

  • Creativity

Outdoor play is great to encourage children's creativity to enjoy the natural environment.

  • Health

There is something fundamentally healthy about being outdoors. It allows them to seek out exercise, fresh air and outdoor activities. Outdoor play develops a disposition for being outdoors. Giving children a ball or a bicycle encourages active play.

  • Social Skills

Children need lots of opportunities outside to develop basic social skills. pushing each other on a swing, pulling a wagon carrying another child or simply playing together. equipment encourages the engagement of more than one child. Projects such as gardening are good social activities.

  • Well-being

Using outdoor play to fulfill basic childhood needs like jumping, running climbing, shouting, racing, rolling, hiding are important childhood experiences. Children need exercise and sunshine.

  • Exploration

Children need the opportunity to explore the unknown, the unpredictable, and the adventurous. They need to be able to wonder at nature from the earthworm gliding through newly turned soil to a butterfly sitting on a leaf and then gracefully fluttering away in the summer breeze.


Please go to www.dragonflys.com.au/why-us to learn more about Dragonfly's Early Learning Childcare Centre or if you want to talk to us about your childcare needs, please call us on 07 5471 6500.