Assessing Outdoor Play Spaces …. What to look for and why
NOTE: This session will not be recorded, you must be able to attend the live event.
Children belong in outdoor play environments that connect with and celebrate their need for curiosity, experiential play and nature. Outdoors is a place that is intended to inspire children to think and wonder, experiment, and discover. With an increased emphasis on the importance of outdoor environments, there is a need to design outdoor spaces that provide children with numerous opportunities to engage in rich and dynamic experiences, play and experimentation. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to strategies and processes in assessing outdoor play space designs for the varied experiential requirements children benefit from. Participants will be introduced to a variety of zones that are used when examining space and in imagining new ways of offering children enriching spaces and places to engage in.
This session will also include break out time to talk in small groups with your colleagues about your experiences with this topic and share inspiration and ideas together.
Audience: Early childhood educators and K-3 teachers.
Dr. Beverlie Dietze is the lead researcher for both a national and a local research project that is examining strategies to advance children’s outdoor play through training and space design. She is the author of seven textbooks related to play and children’s programming and has several peer-reviewed articles published on early childhood and adult education topics. She hosts in-person and online workshops, keynote addresses and consultations. Follow her on Twitter @PlayDietze.