The Great Outdoors is one of the most neglected learning environments....... and it is totally free! The benefits of combining nature and learning are endless. Here at Creative QT we've compiled a list of our favourite outside learning activities. You have just enough time to try them out before winter arrives.
1. Nature Tally
This play based learning activity helps children to work on their counting and tallying. Simply make a tally chart using stickers, equip your little explorer with a magnifying glass, and see what they can find!
2. Nature Painting
This can be done two ways. One idea is to pack up a canvas, easel, paints, and brushes and head into the woods to find some beautiful scenery to paint with your kids.
The other way to enjoy painting and nature is to actually paint nature! This seems silly but why not take a paint brush and some water on your nature walk. Your little one will enjoy the painting effect of water on different surfaces such as rocks, leaves, and bark.
3. We're Going on a Bear Hunt
There are some fantastic children's books that are set outdoors. We had a blast re-creating one of our favourite stories, We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. This is an exciting way to develop communication and literacy skills, whilst burning off some excess energy.
We may not have found a bear..... but we found a Mommy and baby deer which was an awesome end to our adventure!
4. Color Puddles
Enjoying the weather can be difficult when it is wet and cold! Make the most of the puddles left behind by turning them into colorful science experiments. Add crushed sidewalk chalk, baking soda, and white vinegar to make bright bubbly puddles.
Guaranteed hours of jumping and splashing!
5. Sidewalk Chalk
This is one of our favourite outside learning materials here at Creative QT. There are so many creative ways to use chalk for art projects and play based learning. Best of all, sidewalk chalk can encourage lots of active learning, such as name hopscotch and action movement lines.
Now, quick, before the snow comes, grab your kids and go on an adventure in the Great Outdoors! You'll feel refreshed and wondering why you didn't Make Time Together sooner!
Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.
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