“Many children are not ‘allowed’ the freedom to explore, test themselves out in play and to feel in control of being ‘out of control’. When play behaviours are restricted the drive from the human is to find another way to achieve play goals. We have slopes, some of them steep, it is important that children feel the sensation of being in control of being out of control as they run down them. To put too many restrictions on this actually takes away the learning moment for the emotional intelligence of the child.”

As educators, we need to slow down: watch children fill themselves with all the possibilities of learning with nature and allow children the time for a childhood full of excitement and joy inside, outside, and beyond.

Reference:  Claire Warden, Nature Kindergartens and Forest Schools (2012).