Features to spark curiosity and encourage exploration
A child’s natural curiosity is sparked just by being outdoors. Watching a plant grow from seed or a butterfly emerge from its cocoon are experiences that impact children for a lifetime. Features can be added or additional materials can be used to encourage a sense of wonder and exploration. This could include:
Water and/or sand features
Areas for digging
Natural exploration spaces (e.g., rocks to look under, logs to sit on)
Block or natural building areas using loose parts (e.g., twigs, limbs, cut ...