Nature Focused Preschool

Connecting Children With Nature

Framingham Centre Nursery School believes in the importance of providing children opportunities to explore and investigate the natural world around them. You may wonder why these experiences are so crucial.  

Many of the developmental tasks that children must achieve—exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and the absorption of vast amounts of basic knowledge—can be most effectively learned through outdoor play. Our culture is taking outdoor play away from young children through excessive technology use, elimination of school recess, and academic standards that push more and more developmentally inappropriate academics into our early childhood programs, taking time away from play. 

Here are some of the key points presented in the article Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature Why Naturalize Outdoor Learning Environments - The Natural Learning Initiative


  • Children who play in natural settings play in more diverse, imaginative and creative ways and show improved language and collaboration skills. Single use, repetitive play equipment becomes boring quickly.
  • Children who spend more time outside tend to be more physically active and less likely to be overweight.  
  • Children who play in natural settings are more resistant to stress; have lower incidence of behavioral disorders, anxiety and depression; and have a higher measure of self-worth.
  • Natural, irregular and challenging spaces help kids learn to recognize, assess and negotiate risk and build confidence and competence. 

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It builds confidence. The way that kids play in nature has a lot less structure than most types of indoor play. 

Children who play in nature have more positive feelings about each other. 

Children learn about self and the environment.

It promotes creativity and imagination.