Children typically love to play outdoors and let off some steam. There’s something thrilling about running around freely and feeling at one with nature. In fact, outdoor learning is a huge part of a child’s overall personal and academic development. I have teamed up with a senior school in Hertfordshire to share some outdoor learning activities that you could perhaps try with your child.
A Walk Through the Woods
You don’t have to have a big garden of your own in order to help your child with their outdoor learning. You could head to a nearby park or forest and take a stroll. Wrap up warm and be sure to talk about your surroundings. Ask them how one tree differs from another, and how it contributes to the environment. What might the tree look like if you were visited during a different time of the year? Pay attention to other things as well, like any animals or insects you might spot.
Build a Bird Feeder
Do some research into which species of bird might be around at this time of year and then build your own bird feeder. Grab some binoculars and encourage your child to keep an eye on the bird feeder and which animals pay it a visit. You could even encourage them to keep a notepad to one side so that they can write down what they see. This is a great way for your child to learn about nature.
Create a Collage
If your child is reasonably artistic, they might enjoy creating a collage using items they have found outside, like flower petals or fallen leaves. They could draw any animals or trees they have observed or print off some pictures that they can stick to the collage.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Create a list of items that may be found outdoors, like pinecones, conkers, twigs etc and send your child on a scavenger hunt. Maybe get a few friends or family members involved so that you can turn it into a friendly competition; the first one to return with all of the items on the list is a winner.
These are just a few ideas to get you started and the time of year will play a part in what you can actually do. Hopefully the above list will inspire you and you’ll start to come up with a few ideas of your own. As a result, you and your child will be able to learn a lot about our natural environment, while having lots of fun together.