The text below is from the NI Curricular Guidance for Pre-school Education 2006
During physical play, children can observe things from different perspectives by, for example, looking at things from the top of a slide or from under a bench.
Movement skills need to be nurtured, not only because they are important for the child’s long-term health and well-being, but because they support the child’s physical and cognitive development.
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Through taking part in physical play, they should begin to develop an understanding of safe practice. They should develop social skills such as turn-taking, sharing, co-operating and negotiating and values such as, trust, fairness and respect for others.
|Gary talks to the children about football boots.|
Outdoor play can provide space and freedom that would be difficult to find indoors. It has an important role in the emotional development of children, providing them the freedom to run, shout and play exuberantly within appropriate boundaries. Here they can experience a wide range of emotions, for example the thrill of rolling down a hill, the challenge of climbing high, and the joy of running and jumping. They can begin to experience the satisfaction of solving physical problems and problems that arise when playing with others.