We have a newly installed nature playground to enhance our children's Montessori experience. Our outdoor playtime gives our children opportunity to connect with the natural environment. The playground has a diverse natural setting which enables children to be physically active, develop social skills which are the building blocks of empathy and also promote emotional intelligence. They do this while safely assessing risk and being more aware of their surroundings. The playground also has a variety of loose parts which give them an opportunity to indulge in unstructured play. This is the key to child development, especially between the ages of 1.5 - 6 years, as it helps them develop powers of reasoning, decision making and learning through discovery. The health benefits of outdoor play are significant such as building healthier immune responses, reduced aggressive behaviour, reduced stress, enhanced cognitive abilities, problem solving skills and focus. We are pleased to see our children enjoying it every day. Please see the slideshows below for more detailed photos.