In a nutshell, experiential learning is when children learn by exploring, experiencing, discovering, creating, interacting and relating to the environment around them. There are no rules, no time limits, and minimal adult guidance when it comes to this form of learning; allowing children to learn naturally and on their own terms.
Outdoor activities, playtime that stimulates the imagination, expression through art, music and dance, as well as the unchartered exploration of nature and a child’s environment all contribute to experiential learning. It is through this type of experiential learning that children develop their sense of self and learn how to take responsibility. A sense of achievement and boost in confidence levels can be developed when a child has the space to independently experience the world and think for themselves.
A stronger bond between parent and child is also built when families celebrate milestones that are reached. Experiential learning also stretches beyond the confines of a classroom. Every child is able to grow through experiential learning at home, on holiday, over weekends and during their break time at school. Today, children participate in less unstructured playtime than their parents did as kids, and our grandchildren will have even less chance to do so.
This drastic change is because of the ever increasing focus that we place on technology, safety, hygiene and an overall decrease in the accessibility of quality play areas.
OMO believes in letting kids be kids for as long as possible, and that is why the Dirt is Good initiative encourages little ones to participate in experiential learning as often as they can.
Take a look at a variety of kid’s activities developed by OMO.
Find out more about this topic -OMO recommends these books: Sally Jenkinson, The Genius of Play Richard Louv, The Last Child in the Woods