The great outdoors
7 April 2008Add to My Folder
Make the most of your outdoor area with these imaginative activity ideas
Provide a wide variety of natural materials for the children to explore and, where possible, give them the space and freedom to be as inventive and as messy as they want to be. Running water will add to the enjoyment and investigation of natural resources.
Provide some nice-smelling plants outdoors such as mint, lemon balm or lavender for sensory experiences, and shrubs that will withstand having their leaves and flowers picked for potions and stews.
Attract minibeasts into your outdoor area by providing a dead wood feature, leaf litter, mulch or bark, and pollen-rich plants.
Model care and respect for the natural environment by gently handling plants and wildlife, establishing and maintaining outdoor habitats, properly disposing of litter and recycling or reusing as many materials as possible.
Sand; gravel; pebbles; leaves; water; grass; soil; shells; clay; safe plants that provide leaves and petals with a range of smells and textures; short- and long-handled garden tools; water hose; bucket; wooden spoons; scoops; baking tins; saucepans; bowls; mortar and pestle; small plastic bottles; conkers; acorns; shells; bags, boxes, pots and bins for storage; wheelbarrows.
1 Minibeast hunt
Look for bugs and insects in your outdoor area
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Exploration and Investigation
Development matters: show curiosity and interest in the features of objects and living things (30-50 months); notice and comment on patterns (40-60+ months).
Early learning goal: find out about, and identify, some features of living things, objects and events they observe.
What you need
Group size: small groups.
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