Ground patrol

Written by: Jenni Clarke
2 October 2018

Taking risks is how young children develop strength, balance, co-ordination and body awareness. In part two of this series Jenni Clarke investigates how loose parts placed outdoors can build and challenge skills. For three-years and older.



  • Planks and blocks of wood of varying sizes
  • Ropes, some with carabiner type fixings.
  • Felled tree trunk
  • Tyres
  • Pallets
  • Trees with low level branches
  • Wooden climbing frames
  • Swing frames
  • Fixed wooden posts with metal rings at various heights.
  • A low-level climbing wall
  • Large scramble nets
  • Books and pictures related to these actions
  • Cameras

Balancing: A risk of misjudgement, falling and bruising. The benefits are body awareness, core strength, spatial awareness, concentration and fun.

Jumping: A risk of tumbling, grazes, bruises and tears. The benefits are an understanding of height and width, strengthening leg muscles, learning how to land, balance, decision making and an opportunity to be awed by the momentary feeling of weightlessness.

Register now to get access to more of our great articles.

Thank you for visiting Early Years Educator and making use of our archive of expert features, practical activity ideas and news. Why not register today and the enjoy the following great benefits:

  • Weekly email newsletters, providing you themed activity ideas, topical features and news
  • Unlimited access to news and selected features.
  • Access to 4 free articles per month from our practical database.
Register for free

Already registered? - Sign in here

Keep up to date with Early Years!

Sign up for our newsletter and keep up to date with Early Years education, process and events! We promise we won't spam you!