Muddy Hands report released on Outdoor Classroom Day

1st November 2018

Presenting the evidence for outdoor learning and play

Muddy Hands presents the evidence for outdoor learning and play. It draws on data from the Outdoor Classroom Day 2017 survey, as well as findings from a wide range of literature that highlights the benefits, barriers and solutions to getting children outdoors.

Key statistics

  • 97% of teachers say that outdoor play is critical for children to reach their full potential.
  • 88% of teachers say that children are happier after playing outdoors.
  • 88% of teachers say that children are more engaged in learning when taking lessons outdoors.
  • 86% of teachers say that playing outdoors gives children a better understanding of the environment.
  • 44% of teachers have increased outdoor learning since getting involved in Outdoor Classroom Day.

Key findings

  • Getting outdoors connects us to the places we live and the environments we will want to protect.
  • Getting outdoors results in better learning outcomes, across the board.
  • The benefits of outdoor learning and play last beyond early education.
  • Outdoor learning and play create healthier, more active children.
  • Time spent outdoors boosts mental health.

Schools as influencers

The report looks at how schools can act as catalysts in their communities to help increase opportunities for children to play not only at school, but outside of the school gates. Since the campaign started in the UK in 2011 over 40,000 schools in more than 100 countries have taken part. So, whether you call it Aprendiendo al Aire Libre, تعلم في الهواء الطلق, Belajar Di Luar Kelas or Outdoor Classroom Day, it all means helping children to get outside and reach their full potential as happy, healthy people.

Download the full report-Muddy Hands FINAL

Download the summary report-Muddy Hands Executive Summary Final

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