What should be noted in the design of kindergarten outdoor play area
14October 2022 / View: 8

Play is the most basic activity in kindergarten education, and the state attaches great importance to it, mentioning the principle of "play as the basic activity" more than 10 times in documents such as "Some Opinions on the Current Development of Preschool Education" and "Guidelines for Learning and Development of Children Aged 3-6". In the documents issued by the State Council on educational reform and strategic evaluation, it is also mentioned that the criteria for evaluating the teaching level of kindergarten teachers is to see if they can adhere to "play as the basic activity".

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Five key points of activity design

In terms of game types, outdoor games are generally divided into two categories, rule-based games and creative games; from a functional point of view, outdoor games can be divided into five categories, such as sports, performance, construction, art and craft, and exploration.

01.Emphasis on openness 

We emphasize that the play environment should be freely open to all children, so that all children can enjoy the outdoor environmental resources together.

02.Full autonomy 

Autonomy is emphasizing that children are in the front and teachers are in the back. In outdoor play, instead of teachers leading children to play, children should lead teachers to play, so that the autonomy of children's play can be fully developed.

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03.Close to nature exploratory 

Teachers must give children the space to explore independently. By guiding them to explore the life phenomena of many kinds of plants and animals, they can get close to nature and explore nature, which is the greatest feature of outdoor activities.

04.Interaction with peers 

When people are faced with common tasks and goals, the only way to move toward cooperation is to achieve cooperation and tacit understanding in the midst of action.

05.Challenging adventurousness 

It is well known that the outdoors is an open space with unlimited space volume, which is conducive to cultivating children's spirit of daring to try and challenge.

Only by doing these five things can the unique advantages and value of outdoor activities be highlighted.

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Five principles of park environment design

Low structure, multi-functional, dynamic, personalized, pro-nature

The first major principle of environmental design is to learn by doing, not by seeing. Only low-structure, multi-functional, and dynamically changing environment creation has real value for the development of young children. If a device is fixed and immobile and has high aesthetic value, but the children cannot operate it, cannot use their own creativity, and cannot satisfy their own ideas, it is just a good-looking decoration. Nowadays, many kindergartens are pursuing good-looking, fine, exquisite and aesthetic, but these are too far away from children's lives. Children can only see, not practice, which does not really give play to the children's independent initiative.

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Kindergarten environment design must be personalized. Each kindergarten outdoor space actual condition, space size is different, therefore, we have to take local materials, according to local conditions, so that the kindergarten environment is rich in unique personality, blind learning copy is not desirable.

In the teacher's guidance strategy, we emphasize observation as the main focus, learn to appreciate, children in the front, teachers in the back, intuitive and timely.

Games can be formed into programs, but the programs are not predetermined, but recorded afterwards. Therefore, the game is not a curriculum resource that can be predetermined, but a generative curriculum resource. Only by seizing the game, we can further reflect the value of curriculum creation.

Above is from Zhejiang Feiyou Kangti Facilities Co., Ltd, Feiyou was established in 1993, the playground products export to more than 60 countries and areas, we provide the outdoor playground drawing, playground products and educational products to more than 50000 kindergartens and communities all around the world. We’re professional on the providing the playground equipment facilities to the customers and the kids wooden furniture solution to the kindergarten all around the world, we’re aimed to build the paradise area for the kids all around the world.

Feiyou produce the outdoor playground equipment, kids wooden furniture and the educational products, we can help to build the overall drawing, the outdoor playground drawing for the kindergarten, the non-standard customize products for the community and outdoor park. Feiyou owned an excellent designer team and the new product developing team, they can provide the complete solution on the drawing of outdoor playground, indoor playground, gym equipment park and kindergarten furniture

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