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Children Learn Through Play & The Benefits of Play with Natural Elements


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Why Natural Element Play is Essential for Children


In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, it's easy to overlook the simple, profound benefits of natural play. Engaging with elements like rain, water, snow, and dirt offers children a rich, sensory experience that supports their physical, emotional, and cognitive development.

At Cresthill Academy, we recognize the immense value of natural play and integrate it into our curriculum, providing children with the opportunity to explore and learn through nature.


Health Benefits of Natural Play

  1. Physical Development: Playing with natural elements helps children develop their motor skills. Activities such as jumping in puddles, building snowmen, or digging in the dirt enhance coordination, strength, and balance.

  2. Sensory Stimulation: Natural play engages all five senses, helping children to better understand and process their environment. The tactile experience of mud, the sound of rain, the sight of snowflakes, and the smell of wet earth are invaluable for sensory development.

  3. Emotional Well-being: Nature play is inherently calming and reduces stress. Interacting with natural elements can boost mood, promote relaxation, and foster a sense of wonder and connection to the world.

  4. Cognitive Growth: Exploratory play in nature encourages problem-solving, creativity, and curiosity. Children learn about cause and effect, physics, and biology through hands-on experiences in the natural world.

  5. Social Skills: Playing in nature often involves teamwork and cooperation. Building forts, sharing discoveries, and working together to solve challenges fosters important social skills and enhances relationships among peers.


We love bringing nature in - which is why when the elements allow, you'll see our little learners playing with a sensory table full of snow during winter time or water during summer time! Planting seeds with real dirt and seeing the fruits of their labor!

Come and tour Cresthill Academy and see how your children will grow and flourish in a supportive, educational and balanced environment,







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