While outdoors your child develops:
• large muscle skills through running, climbing, bike riding, balancing, jumping, and swinging
• social interaction skills
• problem solving skills
• understanding of physical laws
• science concepts
• physical coordination
In addition to all of the traditional outdoor activities, teachers often bring out traditional indoor activities (puzzles, manipulatives, art projects, etc,) to encourage those children who haven't taken advantage of the activity while inside or for those children who rarely choose small motor development activities. Sometimes just having the materials in a different environment encourages children to try it.