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Outdoor Learning

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This is a collection of ideas for outdoor learning spaces and outdoor learning activities; articles on learning outdoors by educators of young children, and more inspirations for teaching and learning in nature.

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Watch these preschool kids having a blast with the Outlast Mud Kitchen! Toddler Classroom, Outdoor Classroom, Preschool Playground, Outdoor Learning Spaces, Mud Kitchen, Having A Blast, Sensory Play, Infants, Toddlers

Outlast Mud Kitchen Video

Watch these preschool kids having a blast with the Outlast Mud Kitchen!

Providing ample time for unstructured and open-ended activities allows children to explore and develop at their own pace. As a result, they build confidence in their abilities, become comfortable with making mistakes and trying things multiple times, and feel accomplished in the work that they’ve done. Read the full article here Play Based Learning, Learning Activities, Outdoor Learning Spaces, Confidence Building, Preschool Classroom, Making Mistakes, Teaching, Times, Explore

Open-ended, play-based learning in the Preschool Classroom

Providing ample time for unstructured and open-ended activities allows children to explore and develop at their own pace. As a result, they build confidence in their abilities, become comfortable with making mistakes and trying things multiple times, and feel accomplished in the work that they’ve done. Read the full article here

Introduce children to the wonder of nature's colors with this simple nature art activity. Outdoor Learning Spaces, Picnic Blanket, Outdoor Blanket, Natural Wonders, Learning Activities, Preschool, Teaching, Education, Children

nature art for preschool

Introduce children to the wonder of nature's colors with this simple nature art activity.

Offer children a creative activity in nature to make meaningful connections between art and the natural world. Nature art opportunities spark a sense of wonder, develop observation skills, and inspire cross-curricular learning. Read the full article here. Creative Activities, Learning Activities, Outdoor Learning Spaces, Cross Curricular, Natural Wonders, Natural World, Inspire, Children, Nature

Preschool Nature Art Activity

Offer children a creative activity in nature to make meaningful connections between art and the natural world. Nature art opportunities spark a sense of wonder, develop observation skills, and inspire cross-curricular learning. Read the full article here.

12 Life Lessons Children Learn From Hiking - simple as that Because few things have such direct applications to life lessons children learn from hiking. Outdoor Activities For Kids, Outdoor Learning, Summer Activities, Kids Learning, Outdoor Education, Kid Activities, Hiking With Kids, Travel With Kids, Family Travel

12 Life Lessons Children Learn From Hiking

Because few things have such direct applications to life—12 life lessons children learn from hiking.

How to create opportunities for dramatic play outside. How to create opportunities for dramatic play outside – great for homeschool, early learning educators, family day care or long day care providers Outdoor Learning Spaces, Outdoor Activities For Kids, Toddler Activities, Summer Activities, Cognitive Activities, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Games, Toddler Crafts, Kid Crafts

How to create opportunities for dramatic play outside.

Use these easy tips, strategies and activity ideas to create more opportunities for dramatic play in the outdoor learning environment.

Be inspired to set up invitations to play and learn using simple materials from nature with this collection of photos and ideas from early years educators! Forest School Activities, Childcare Activities, Nature Activities, Preschool Activities, Childcare Environments, Learning Environments, Outdoor Learning Spaces, Outdoor Education, Early Education

How to set up invitations to play using nature - ideas for educators!

Be inspired to set up invitations to play and learn using simple materials from nature with this collection of photos and ideas from early years educators!

Why kids need REAL messy, free, unstructured play. And some tips for making it easier! Sensory Activities, Toddler Activities, Sensory Play, Sensory Diet, Sensory Table, Outdoor Learning, Outdoor Play, Early Learning, Fun Learning

Why Kids Need Real Play

Why kids need messy, free, unstructured, REAL play time. And some tips for making it more manageable.

Making mud stew - messy play for kids - Mother Natured Outside Activities, Activities For Kids, Nature Activities, Preschool Ideas, Outdoor Crafts, Outdoor Fun, Outdoor Learning Spaces, Mud Kitchen, Natural Playground

Making mud stew - messy play for kids - Mother Natured

You'll feel like the best mother in the world if you let your kids get messy and make mud stew. You already have all the ingredients you need too!

Check out this fun activity for "Going on a Bear Hunt", perfect for preschool and kindergarten kiddos. Bears Preschool, Kindergarten Classroom, Classroom Themes, Primary Classroom, Bear Hunt Song, Bear Songs, Outdoor Learning, Outdoor Play, Kindergarten Books

Going On a Bear Hunt... for International Mud Day

Chances are, if you work with or have young children, you know the story We're Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. It's definitely a class favorite, and we love to watch the Youtube.com video of the author performing it. Check it out Going On a Bear Hunt, performed by Michael Rosen. Since the book involves mud, it fits with our mud theme for this week, so we read the book, and then went outside to act it out. Long wavy grass - oh no! "We can't go over it, we can't go under it, we've got…

Michelle Rupiper explains the benefits of mud play for kids and includes some simple mud play ideas to help educators start a mud kitchen area as a learning opportunity for young children. Outdoor Learning Spaces, Mud Kitchen, Play Ideas, Young Children, Learning Activities, Kids Playing, Benefit, Opportunity, Education

Mud, Marvelous Mud: The Benefits of Mud Play

Michelle Rupiper explains the benefits of mud play for kids and includes some simple mud play ideas to help educators start a mud kitchen area as a learning opportunity for young children.