Our guest blogger Sheryl, of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, shows us how to bring fun and learning outside!
As the weather gets nicer, we want to get outside as much as we can. This is when we open the classroom door and take our learning outside, losing the four walls and enjoying nature. Even if our activities have already been planned for indoors, we just pack them up and move them. What results are some fun learning opportunities while soaking in some vitamin D, surrounded by birds, squirrels, butterflies, and the sweet smells of nature.
Moving your learning activities outdoors is easy. You can use any type of container, really, but what we love using is the Cutie Pie Butterfly Cart. We pack it with whatever materials we will be taking outdoors and it’s ready to go.
Of course, what our preschoolers love most about this cart is taking turns pushing it to our destination!
We look for a shady spot to use as our outdoor learning area. A drop cloth is handy when using paint, or when we simply don’t want to sit directly on the lawn, cement, or dirt.
Some of our preschoolers are really into journaling, so we use the Storytelling Paper Pad to share something we’ve recently done, or something we are exploring outdoors.
Math is another concept that can easily be done outdoors!