Summer sunshine will be here before we know it and nothing shouts summer more than beautiful sunflowers. These are perfect for little ones to plant, to monitor the growth and observe the changes that occur. Who will grow the highest? Can they predict how tall their sunflower might get? Talk through the science, what does a plant need to flourish etc? 🌻
More Rainy Day Ideas
Half term and the week is looking wet; but there is still lots of fun to be had outside. Here are a few ideas, enjoy!
Outdoor Simon Says..
A great way to get your little ones to do some discreet exercise. Lots of fun for everyone!
Nature Hunt Scavenger Box
Perfect day for a family walk and Scavenger Hunt. We love these little boxes that we made; lovely for the children to hold and use for collecting and wonderful that I don't find things in the washing machine that I've missed from pockets 😭🤦♀️
Such a simple, easy idea that anyone can do at home. Possiblities of shape and objects are endless. Great for developing vocabulary. maths skills and for thinking about spacial awareness.
DIY Bird Feeder
A lovely little make for the garden and an opportunity to talk about birds, what they eat and where they live. If you're out and about take the opportunity to listen and look for the many different types. Children love to watch the birds coming and going at the feeder they've made. Therefore the activity encourages talk and ongoing learning.
Fun Things to do in the Rain
No matter what the weather, go outside and have some some. Lots of good ideas for enjoying the rain. Always right clothes, never wrong weather. Have fun!
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Why not make the Halloween festivities last a little longer and have some fun doing this scavenger hunt.
The colours of Autumn are just wonderful and as the leaves begin to fall why not collect them up and create your own special trees. This allows for lots of creativity and lots of opportunities to improve vocabulary as you discuss the the different parts of the tree. Enjoy the season!
Autumn Scavenger Hunt
Last day of half term and if you fancy some outside .space why not embark on a Scavenger Hunt. Lots of natural treasure and beauty out there at the moment and lots to talk about as you explore and investigate. Wrap up warm and enjoy the fresh air. Click on the link to download the resource.
Autumn Colour Sorting
Leaves, leaves everywhere at the moment and how wonderful do the trees look. The incredible colours of autumn. Why not think about data in its simplest form; comparing colour, then maybe size. Which is the most dominant colour/least dominant? How many more yellow than red? Make a simple graph.
The wind has been blowing a gale and the leaves are falling from the trees. Lots of different shapes, sizes and colours. So why not get your little ones doing a little leaf rubbing. Great for fine motor skills and the for having a conversation about leaves and what they do.
Lots of outdoor exploring at the moment and our mixed weather is allowing all sorts of mini beasts to be making an appearance. On the spot discussions; naming, habitats, food source etc. Leading to sorting and revisiting learning once back home.
Outdoor Classroom Day
Outdoor Classroom Day is on Thursday 20th May 2021. Here are are few ideas you might like to try. Never mind the weather, go outside and enjoy the learning.
Outdoor Rainy Day Fun
Weather is a little unpredictable at the moment, so why not make the best of it. Remember there's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes. Enjoy the outdoors!
Fine Motor Fun
Lots of fun ideas using leaves, which are perfect for adding into the fine motor library of activities. Slow but sure and lots of practise.
Whatever the weather, building dens is great for the whole family and a wonderful way to spend time together. An opportunity to improve team building, problem solving, resilience, determination and an opportunity to be imaginative. Dens are also wonderful for role play and developing language skills. Indoors or outdoors, always a winner!
Might be cold, but wrap up warm and simply enjoy the great outdoors. Here are a few ideas to keep the little ones entertained. Have a great day, find the learning in everything and most of all have fun!
This costs next to nothing and is a wonderful way to be creative with outdoor treasure.
A wonderful fine motor activity, using beautiful things from the outdoor environment.
Reasons to be Outside
Everyday is a good day to be outside. Why not have a go at a few of these ideas? Lots to keep children occupied.
A curious child is never bored. Instead of waiting for an activity to come along, a curious child will investigate and create their own activities. If we encourage a child to be curious they become active, independent learners. Being curious, children develop and follow their own passions and therefore it encourages them to create their own success stories. So get outside, look under stones, jump in the puddles, look at the trees, watch the ocean, gaze at the stars, question how things work, why do fish live in the sea? So many things to wonder about, take the lead and encourage your little ones to be curious. Help them be brave!
I've been waiting for a frosty day to try this and today was that magical day. Absolutely amazing, incredibly beautiful and totally enchanting. Normal bubble mixture from the Pound Shop and the bubbles rested on the grass and very slowly they froze over. They started to collapse from the top down. The complete bubbles stayed on the grass for at least 5 minutes. Lots of time to investigate and to take pictures. As they started to collapse, they looked like frozen crocus and again they remained for some time on the grass. So much learning in this I don't know where to start. I would highly recommend this, so much awe and wonder, simply fabulous! TOP TIP: blow the bubbles close to where you want them to land.
The sun is shining so why not have a go at making a suncatcher. Very simple, but adds lots of twinkle as the sun shines and it dances in the breeze.
Why not have a go at these beautiful ice decorations and hang them from a tree in the garden. They looked wonderful twinkling in the winter sunshine. Lots of learning in this activity, discuss how and why water changes to ice and why it turns back to water. Why use a small amount of water and not a large amount? Enjoy the weather!