Natural Play And Nature Play

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The advantages of children interacting with the natural environment have been promoted to early childhood educators, with theorists such as Froebel (1896) and Steiner (1923) encouraging for children’s relationship with the nature to be nurtured. However in urban development the connectedness with the environment is largely through man made construction. Between 1980 and 2014 the average block size has decreased 8%, yet the average house to block ratio has increasing 28% resulting in less outdoor space in residential areas (Coleman, 2016). With this apparent in society, achieving greater insight into the benefits of natural play affordances in the expansions of children’s learning and skills determines the reasons for offering these resources in educational settings. In this review I will be addressing prominent literature incorporating nature play to gather a greater understanding of the implications on my own research. The research question I will be investigating is “What happened when I introduce natural play spaces to provoke open ended learning?” The aim for this review is to identify the themes in contemporary literature and provide insight into the main learning benefits of interactions with natural resources. The first discussion point will be the benefits for children in learning which nature and natural resources provide; gathering an understanding of the cognitive benefits of interacting with natural play spaces and items. The second discussion point is focussed
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