Jan White Natural Play

Natural Play, Natural Growth, in the Early Years

Two Year Olds Outdoors: play, learning and development

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What is it that really motivates two year olds? How do they learn best and how can we help them achieve their full potential? Through observing what children are interested in at this stage of their lives this film gives real insight into why spending time outdoors is essential for their holistic development.

Following six children of gradually increasing ages we’ll see that movement is still an intrinsic part of learning for this age group. As the children follow their interests we can see and hear them making new connections as they experiment and come up with new ideas. Outdoors they are clearly motivated to learn at a deep level.

During this year the children’s language, imagination and social skills are really taking off. The film focuses on these developments as so much of their time outdoors is spent developing these skills in an environment that is full of possibilities.

The film is packed with fascinating examples of children’s interactions with the environment, natural materials, other children and adults.

What becomes clear is that there is so much variety outdoors that each child can seek out the experiences that stimulates them most giving them a sense of wellbeing. Collectively, the six children highlight the behavioural and developmental characteristics of this age group.

The film is divided into six sections, which can be watched separately if needed.

  • Tristan with mum – 2 years 4 months
  • Skye at nursery – 2 years 6 months
  • Sheja at nursery – 2 years 8 months
  • Leila at nursery – 2 years 9 months
  • Erin at nursery – 2 years 11 months
  • Jordan at nursery – 3 years

Made in conjunction with Jan White an early years specialist. She has also written the accompanying notes (60 pages) which link developmental theory with practice and expand on information given in the film.

62 mins

‘Perfect for promoting the power of the outdoors and the learning potential for children of simple, natural materials. There are excellent examples of how children make connections, recall and drive their own learning.  It really shows the individual learning journey over time.

Equally good is the material on personal and positive relationships.  It’s great to see boys engaged with resources that interest them and supported by adults who are genuinely interested in what engages them.  I also like the way it shows that these young children do not need adults close by all the time and shows how they play and talk together.

This film shows really useful footage on two year olds – often an overlooked and under-estimated age band- a much needed resource.’ – Jennie Lindon, Early Years Specialist and Author

Available for purchase at Siren Films [please use reference number JW2011] – http://www.sirenfilms.co.uk/products/documentary-films/the_two_year_old_outdoors


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