Forest Kindergartens and the Great Danes
Yes – this is another article on the importance of outdoor, gross motor play and how it looks in Denmark. Citing the research that we all know but seldom see in practice, recess and active outdoor play may be more important for the longterm academic success of children than just about anything else that happens in a preschool classroom.
In Denmark, they have Forest Kindergartens where children spend the majority of their day playing outdoors. Even in the coldest winters, children are bundled up and brought outside for uninterrupted, extensive play. It is the Danish belief that “nature and outdoor life is healthy and good for children.”