Inspiring Outdoor Learning Ideas
Art And Crafts
The next idea comes from Kids Craft Room, and is genuis! I can’t quite believe it never occurred to me to do this before. The idea is leaf threading. Yep, you read that right – threading leaves and creating necklaces, bracelets or just lots of lovely decorations. It might even work well for some Christmas decorations. The idea is simple (as many of the best ideas are). You collect lots of different leaves and small sticks. Then wind some twine around one of the sticks and start threading through the leaves. Absolutely simple, so much fun!
Nature And Science
A lovely idea that I have used a lot of times before is a Rainbow Nature Hunt. The Montessori Soul website has a printable that you can use, but you could easily make your own too. The concept is simple. You give each child an A4 piece of paper with colours of the rainbow on it, and they need to go and collect as many things as they can find for each colour. You might want to think about laminating the sheet if you are heading out into the wet – but it keeps them occupied for hours!
You could take this a bit further for older children by using paint sample charts in different shades of green, and see if the children could find a leaf to match each one. Then in the Autumn you could up it to shades of orange! This would be such a lovely nature walk!
A great Science idea is to do some shadow drawing using the children’s toys. Rookie Parenting has a lovely article about this and it can be used in so many different ways for different aged children. For younger ones it can be a fun art activity where you can begin to introduce the idea of shadows and how they are formed. They could even do shadow puppets at the same time! As children get a bit older, you could take them out at various times of the day to draw the same items again and again so they can start to understand the movement of the Earth. I’ve always done something very similar with Year 5 children and it works brilliantly!
So there you have it – 6 inspiring outdoor learning ideas which are all a little different! And all that are super easy to arrange and actually fun for both children and adults alike!
I’d love to know if you have any other outdoor learning ideas that we could try. Let me know in the comments and we’ll go out and about and give them a go!