When children have access to nature they are not only playing in it but playing with it. In other words they are experiencing everything that nature offers, and awakening all the senses, as well as their imaginations. When people spend time in a natural environment they feel a sense of peace, comfort and well-being, and these areas provide them with opportunities for physical and imaginative free play.
Children with additional needs can benefit immensely from outdoor learning in nature. Creating a sensory garden within a preschool setting or outdoor learning area is one way to give all children an experience of exploration and learning. A garden that includes various colours, textures and sounds, as well as ramps and hiding places provides a perfect outdoor learning area for children with a variety of needs. Nature and natural environments can also have a positive influence on the attention and behaviour of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
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