The Importance of Unstructured Outdoor Play
April 8th, 2019
On April 2, 2019, we learned how time outdoors is vital for the health and development of toddlers, kids & teens.

With shorter recess times, more structured after-school activities and the rise in technology use, children and adolescents have less time and space to move and play outdoors.  Simultaneously, we see an increase in the number of children with sensory and motor deficits. School teachers report classroom observations of these deficits, including challenges in the areas of attention, balance, coordination, motor control and aggression.

How can we ensure that children are fully engaging their body, mind, and all of their senses?

We welcomed Angela Hanscom, author of Balanced & Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Using the TimberNook philosophy that nature is the ultimate sensory experience and psychological and physical health improves for children when they regularly spend time outside, Angela offered strategies to help children thrive in outdoor environments using a therapeutic approach to nature play.

 

This program was sponsored in partnership with Duxbury Public Schools PTA/PTOs
Outdoor Learning Fair immediately before speaker event. 

We learned how getting outside, exploring nature, and reducing structured play times is vital to the health and development of toddlers, kids and teens.

 

Angela Hanscom, MOT, OTR/L 

Angela Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, an internationally recognized program in the United States and New Zealand. She is also the author of Balanced & Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Angela has been featured on the Children & Nature Network, Huffington Post, MindShift, Babble.com, NPR’s Education blog, the DIY Network, The Jerusalem Post, Times of India, Johnson & Johnson TEDx Talks, and is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post Answer Sheet.