Why Does Playing Outside Help Kids Learn?

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Playing outside is the best. Surrounded by nature, enthralled in the spirit of exploration. Did you know playing outside is great for helping your kids learn, too? That’s what we’re chatting about on The Play. Learn. Thrive. Show this week. This is the podcast where parents learn ways to help their kids become self-confident, self-directed, and self-assured through purposeful play. I’m your host, Alanna Gallo – Teacher, Momma to four little ones, and Founder of Play.Learn.Thrive.

This is Episode #12 and we’re talking playing outside with Meghan Fitzgerald, Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Tinkergarten – and mom of three. You’ll really appreciate her enthusiasm for playing and learning outside, surrounded by nature. Listen to the episode on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Google Podcasts, and your other favorite podcast spots – follow and leave a 5-star review if you learned something!

How Do You Get Your Kids Back on Track as We Return to Normalcy?

In today’s episode, I talk to Meghan Fitzgerald – Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Tinkergarten, and mom of 3. Hear why nature is good for kids and their development, how being bored helps innovation, why fewer toys can lead to longer play, the perks of quiet time, and how Tinkergarten helps kids learn through the power of play. This episode covers everything from playing outside to quiet time. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • What is Meghan’s background?
  • What is a Tinkergarten class like?
  • How does outside play impact kids?
  • Why is less more when it comes to toys?
  • What timeframe is early learning?
  • Why is it good for kids to be bored?
  • How has outdoor learning been impacted by the pandemic?
  • Why is it okay for kids to be different?

Connect with Meghan at Tinkergarten.com and on Facebook and Instagram at @Tinkergarten.

I really, really loved Meghan’s perspective on the way your kids innovate and imagine while playing outside. And of course, there’s plenty more where that came from. Check out the episode and show notes below for much more detail.

Show Notes

What is The Play. Learn. Thrive. Show?

This is the podcast where parents learn ways to help their kids become self-confident, self-directed, and self-assured through purposeful play. I’m your host, Alanna Gallo – Teacher, Momma to four little ones, and Founder of Play.Learn.Thrive.

Interested in getting your little one to play independently?

Check out my Purposeful Playspace e-course to learn how to create a space for your children that invites them to play in ways that are more engaging, purposeful, and independent.

Want more information about how play impacts your child’s development?

Check out my e-book: Simply Play: Everything You Need To Know About The Most Important Part of Childhood

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