“Imagine a child playing in a small patch of woods, where the trees might be hiding places, the foundation for a fort or branches to jump and swing. The tall grade in the understory might be a bed, a hiding spot or a farmer’s field. Now compare the imaginative possibilities this child has with a slide or swing.”
-Deanna Erickson and Julie Athman Ernst, NACC 2011
I think that this quote nicely shows the endless opportunities for students developing their imaginations outside! I imagine a lot of core competencies being used in the mentioned situation. Students would be communicating with each other, thinking creatively and solving problems.