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P-OLE-03: Equipment and Materials Encourage Activity

This measure refers to outdoor environments, natural and manufactured equipment, and materials providing partial shade to children that motivate the children to be physically active and engage in active play. Whether the children choose to be sedentary or active, it is the facility’s responsibility to provide the proper outdoor environment for the children to have the opportunity to engage in physical activities. 

Examples of equipment and materials that need to be in the outdoor environment include:

  • Balls
  • Swings
  • Balance Beams
  • Climbing Structures
  • Tumbling Pads
  • Tricycles or Riding Toys
  • Marching Music
  • Jump Ropes
  • Splash Pads
  • Space to skip, hop, and roll

Not included are picnic tables, benches, and materials and equipment that are not age-appropriate.

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.

Outdoor Area for Toddlers (Example B)
Photo Example

This engaging play structure provides many opportunities for children to move, crawl, and twist. This structure also provides additional shade while children are playing.

Age(s): Toddler
Video Example

This video illustrates materials that supports children engaging in physical activity in an outdoor learning environment through a collection of labeled photographs. Note: This video has no audio.

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