When children and adults play together, they will never be bored.
In the fall of 2017, we began a new project with an emphasis on increasing our outdoor activities. We wanted to engage ourselves with more time for play and increased activities outside to meet the Norway's Framework plan objectives pertaining to play both indoors and out.
Outdoor play is an important part of Norwegian kindergarten culture. Outdoor activity shapes our moods, builds friendship and strengthens social skills. Additionally, outdoor games are important to development of our motor skills.
The Framework plan states that kindergarten staff are to “be proactive and present, support and challenge the children to engage in physical play and acknowledge their achievements”. (Rammeplanen 2017)
We began a personnel meeting with a question: What did you play when you were small?
Among our staff, we have people from many different countries: Afghanistan, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Portugal and USA.
We began with an investigation of games from around the world. Games are activities traditionally played with established rules and routines. These rules have structure, which are recognizable and predictable.
Our staff members wrote down games we remembered from our own childhood and shared these games with the children and each other in the kindergarten.
Through this process, we discovered that we all played many similar games in quite diverse parts of the world and therein we gained a better understanding of each other.
In addition to the children’s own opportunities for free play, we share with them a myriad of established games from around the world.