These outdoor learning ideas are fun activities for kids, families, and classes. We will be adding new activities monthly, so be sure to bookmark this page, and keep coming back for fresh ideas!
The activities we share here are inspired by lessons contained in the Winterkids Guide to Active Outdoor Learning (GOAL)!
Learn! Explore! Move!
LEARN, EXPLORE, and MOVE with us! These ideas can be adapted and used in a home setting or classroom setting. Follow along for our book recommendations, fantastic resources for learning more about birds, a simple binoculars craft for backyard bird watching, bird-themed Simon Says, songs about birds, and even bird-themed yoga!
Take the kids outside-your yard or a park or other outdoor space where trees may have dropped branches. Time to play “pick up sticks!” Seriation is arranging objects in order by size, location or position. Sorting and ordering are the building blocks of mathematics.
We were inspired by “I LOVE the Rain” (one of our books of the month) to make little stick rafts for bugs and fairies! We anxiously waited for a rainy day to bring enough puddles and streams, so that we could give this a try. Next time it’s raining where you are, gather your supplies, slip on those rain boots and raincoats, and head outside…
Looking for an indoor project? Try this art project with your children Seed Mosaics from the WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning, Preschool Edition. Kids (and adults) can get creative and make attractive, edible (for our bird friends) art to hang outside for the birds.
Here is a simple activity for kids as you are gearing up for the new season and taking inventory for upcoming snow adventures. This is a great opportunity for kids to familiarize themselves with snow sports gear while working on their measuring skills.
Enjoy some time together outside while working on identifying patterns and creating patterns with natural objects. This activity is great for preschool to 2nd-grade level for either introducing the concept of patterns or for practicing and reinforcing understanding of patterns.
An outdoor, dramatic play activity inspired by the book Summer Supper!
After reading the story, children are invited to head to the farmers’ market to buy ingredients and make their own farm-to-fork dish! Succotash recipe card and farmer’s market shopping list downloads are provided in this blog post.
How to Start a Summer Outdoor Adventure Journal (Inspired by GOAL Activity: Experiencing the Outdoors Through Art 2.1 – 2.2) Summary/ intro: This activity is great for children who are in Grades PreK – Grade 2 and can be modified for children in higher grades. We will spend time outside and create the first entry for a summer journal that will invite your child to…