Finland understands that children need to move. I live near a preschool and I see the children outside every day no matter the weather or temperature. They are running, swinging, sliding, playing and exploring in the fenced in space behind the school building. There are adults outside supervising but not orchestrating the play. The trains reflect this understanding as well. When I traveled from Jyvaskyla to Helsinki and back, about 3.5 hours each way, I saw family train cars with little play areas.
It has been so nice to see children allowed to be children and engage in age and developmentally appropriate activities. Finland gets kids!
I am a high school art teacher from Boulder Valley School District in Colorado studying craft education in Jyvaskyla, Finland. I am in Finland through a grant from the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching program and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.