The challenges and exploration of outdoor play also build
Trials, accomplishments, and enduring frustration and
disappointment enhance confidence and the ability to take
Most gross motor activities also involve other
participants. By engaging in group activities, children learn
about important social rules: how to compromise, how to work as a team,
how to be assertive, how to deal with different personality styles, etc.
And by becoming efficient at these skills, children's self-confidence
grows and then, again, their self-esteem.
Also, by providing them with
the basic skills of the group activities we open up the opportunity to be
part of the team -- "yes I can play baseball, or
Experience, experience, experience! Provide children with a variety
of experiences, to enhance all areas of their development: from
physical, to intellectual, to social, to artistic.
Providing opportunities to develop skills and potential
improves a child's self-esteem and self-confidence.