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Taking Learning Outside

2017-05-18 by Sheryl Cooper
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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.

taking learning outside

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.

taking learning outside

Of course, what our preschoolers love most about this cart is taking turns pushing it to our destination!

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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.

The Take Along Watercolor Set is compact and fun to use with a drawing pad. Just fill a small cup with water and it’s a fun outdoor art activity!

taking learning outside

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.

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Math is another concept that can easily be done outdoors!


Sheryl Cooper

Sheryl is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 15 years in the Pacific Northwest. Sheryl loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives. Sheryl is active on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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