Plan opportunities for children to tackle a range of levels and surfaces including flat and hilly ground, grass, pebbles, asphalt, smooth floors and carpets.
Provide a range of large play equipment that can be used in different ways, such as boxes, ladders, A-frames and barrels.
Plan time for children to experiment with equipment and to practise movements they choose.
Provide opportunities for children to hang upside down, balance, swing backwards and forwards, roll down slopes, and spin round and round, allowing children to help understand their sense of space and self.
Explain the importance of being outdoors and providing challenge in a safe environment to parents. Provide real and role-play opportunities for children to create pathways, e.g. road layouts, or going on a picnic.
Use action rhymes, songs and games like “follow my leader” to encourage all children to be active
Provide recorded music, scarves, streamers and musical instruments so that children can respond spontaneously to music.
Plan activities that involve moving and stopping, such as musical bumps.
Provide “tool boxes” containing things that make marks, so that children can explore their use both indoors and outdoors.