P-OLE-01: Activities Linked to Indoor Learning

This measure assesses outdoor environments that allow children to engage in natural small groupings with activities that reinforce indoor learning. These environments or areas include sandboxes, benches, sensory and picnic tables, tepees, and blankets. Not included are basketball courts, open fields, and large play structures. 

Some activities that reinforce and are linked to indoor learning are:

  • Reading a book about butterflies
  • Counting jumping jacks to reinforce math concepts
  • Picking up recycling materials to reinforce science concepts
  • Using sidewalk chalk and large paper to engage in art available in the classroom or center. 

Excluded activities are racing, jumping jacks, riding bikes, and playing basketball. 

Category: Category 4: Indoor and Outdoor Learning Environments Subcategory: Outdoor Learning Environment


In this section you will find videos, images, and/or documents that can be used to better understand this measure. These examples can also be used in conversations between mentors, directors, and/or teachers to discuss how the program's current practices compare to these examples.

Video Example

This video includes a collection of photographs of outdoor learning environments. Notice how these toys and materials support learning in small groups while reinforcing what children are learning indoors. Note: This video has no audio.

Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age