The A-Z of getting outdoors!

20th May 2019

Seeing all the outdoor fun that is being had around the world on Outdoor Classroom Day is one of my favourite things. As the photos and messages flood social media, I am left surer than ever that giving children the time, opportunity and space to explore the outdoors is central to their enjoyment of childhood – not to mention all the other benefits that time outdoors brings.

To provide a bit of inspiration for your outdoor adventures, I have pulled together some of the activity ideas shared by the Outdoor Classroom Day community as part of the 2018 campaign.

Check out this A-Z list of getting outdoors!

Arrange objects you find in the school grounds from largest to smallest.
Build a fire.
Collect as many outdoor materials as possible beginning with the letter…
Demonstrate how children are ready, respectful and safe when near a fire.
Explore natural and human-made angles.
Find magic wands and measure them.
Get muddy.
Hunt for objects and items around your school grounds.
Impressions of nature – create them in clay and make fridge magnets.
Just play.
Kites – make and fly them.
Loose parts – put out boxes, tubes, old clothes, pipes, crates, pallets, tyres… for play.
Make fairies out of clay.
Natural art – collect materials and create some.
Orienteering – test your classes’ skills in and around the school grounds, or further afield.
Pavement chalk – use it to practice addition and numbers.
Quiet time – spend some under trees, lying on the grass, sitting in the playground.
Run, roll and spin around… just for fun.
Sort leaves by size and use them to make a leaf wand.
Teamwork – get into groups to design and build bug hotels.
Use materials you pick up on a nature walk for a science, math or art project.
Visualise what the outdoors is like in other countries.
Write poetry – about anything you find outdoors.
Xylophone – create one with natural objects that make different sounds.
Yodel in the style of your favourite bird.
Zigzag around the playground without bumping into anyone.

I would love to see how you put these into practice, and to hear your own ideas too – please share on social media using #OutdoorClassroomDay!

Claire Colvine, Global Communications Manager, Outdoor Classroom Day.

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Wohoo! Top marks for signing up!!!

Thanks for joining the movement, we can’t wait to see what you get up to on the day! Please share this with your colleagues and friends to help us make it possible for every child to get outdoors to learn and play every day 🙂

Thank you for supporting Outdoor Classroom Day!

We’ll send you a newsletter shortly. Time to play is critical for every child – share your moments with us by tagging #OutdoorClassroomDay and make every day a day to learn and play outdoors!

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