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I love the possibilities for co-operative learning that this water fort offers - using language to help problem solving and critical thinking.

Take photos of tree bark - print off photos and have kids try to find the tree. Could also do with leaves!

fun outdoor craft using all sorts of items from nature! good for exploring nature, fine motor, sensory, and for body awareness activity.

I found this lovely display of play in the mud pie kitchen on pinterest:

Find natural materials to make the first letter of your name. Using natural materials to build children's language and literacy skills in an outdoor classroom.

Outdoor Shadow Faces-photography fun - I will have to do this next year for shadow and Ground Hogs day. What a fun outdoor activity! Recommended by Charlottes Clips

Go get muddy! #InternationalMudDay

Go get muddy! #InternationalMudDay | cuddles muddles muddy puddles - life at home with a toddler