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Young children’s creativity in natural outdoor settings

Kathleen Quayle

Young children’s increased engagement with technology and “screen time” has created growing concern about children’s opportunities for connecting with nature. This article draws on data from three early childhood education (ECE) settings in New Zealand that prioritise the provision of regular experiences of natural outdoor environments. The article focuses on how young children respond creatively to elements of natural outdoor settings. The findings highlight some of the unique characteristics of these settings and how children’s creativity is supported through meaningful engagement with natural environments. 

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