The wild outdoors

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By Hilary WhiteEducational writer

original article published on 11th April 2011

Get creative developing your outdoor environment and encourage children to share in the responsibility of its upkeep


Line of pebbles


In this article:

  1. Stepping stones
  2. An outdoor rota
  3. Cross-curricular activities

Stepping stones

Explore lots of different textures with these unusual outdoor stepping stones

Physical Development

What you need

A collection of sturdy, shallow containers or old car tyres; different substances for filling the boxes/tyres; tape measures; spade and trowel.

What to do

  • Set a series of shallow containers or tyres into your grass to make stepping stones. Measure the width, length and depth of the boxes/tyres and cut similar sized holes in the turf so the boxes fit snugly.
  • Ensure that the edges of the containers are flush with the grass so that people can’t trip over them. If you do not have a grassy area take extra care when placing and using your containers – but don’t let it put you off.
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