Puddle lessons!

Children love to be curious and explore the world around them.

There are many benefits to outdoor play, which is why Little Hands ensures that each child accesses the outdoors each day. Not only does it act as an integral part of a child’s learning opportunities, but it can help massively benefit children’s mental and physical health and wellbeing.  

Encouraging children to run, jump, climb and chase develops good physical fitness, as well as helping aid key skills such as stability, bone density, and muscle development. Staying healthy from a young age can also help prevent future health problems too.

Outdoor learning encourages children to use all of their senses. It gives children the opportunity to learn descriptive words and phrases to describe what they see, hear, touch, taste and smell. Children get to experience things for themselves, such as the heat of the sun or the sounds of birds singing in the trees.

Did you know that you can support your children’s personal, social and emotional development through the outdoors by building on their turn taking skills, as well as their confidence.

Digging in the garden can support them to develop their own ideas and think critically about what they are doing. What bugs and creepy crawlies could they find? Where shall we plant the seeds? How can we ensure that they grow?

Did you know that encouraging children to run, jump, climb and chase can develop your children’s physical development.

Say “yes!” to being a puddle parent

A puddle is a magical portal. Children place their feet into a puddle and they find themselves in a wonderful wet world filled with new opportunities.

Puddles are such simple things and yet they teach children so much. Puddles provide children with opportunities to learn about movement, the natural world, and play.

A puddle teaches children how to move their bodies. Babies start to experiment with rolling, sitting, and scooting around on all fours. Toddlers and young children learn to walk, run, jump, and more. Learning how to move takes practice. Puddles are a perfect way to practice movement skills.

Puddles are meant to be splashed in. To do that, children need to jump. Jumping develops balance, strength, and agility in little legs and has the benefit of coming in many different styles: big jumps, little hops, run and jump, arms up or down, jumping with two feet and one-legged hops. Puddles can also be kicked, stirred, and tapped, which are even more movement skills that children can learn.

The next time your child makes a beeline for a wet and wonderful puddle, breathe deep, remember that clothes and children will wash and dry, and say “YES!” to being a puddle parent. 

We promise that puddles are positively amazing!



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