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Outside Play Ideas

Build a meditation garden

 

Build a lean-to

 

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Build a teepee

 

Build a tent

 

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Play ring toss

 

Build a station to study bugs

 

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Build an insect city

Play with ribbons in the wind

 

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Be a human cocoon

 

Build a campfire

 

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Build a giant ship

 

Create a symbol

 

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Look for bugs

 

Make tubes into looking glasses

 

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Dress up like a giant bug

 

Recreate your class’s favorite story

 

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Build a bug research station

 

Build a vehicle

 

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Paint rocks and vegetation with water. Look high, medium, low.

 

Go on a visual scavenger hunt

 

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Collect treasures. Come back and share.

 

Rub aspen tree trunks for the natural sun screen

 

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Spray the dirt with clean water

 

Look for signs of Spring on a walk

 

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Paint bugs on rocks

 

Go on a listening walk

 

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Make bark rubbings

 

Create a mural on a fence with ‘Beautiful Stuff’

 

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Follow the lead of the children. What are they doing? Take it from there with your activity…let the children build on their interests.

Use open – ended tools and resources which the children will love and which encourage imaginative play: Large cardboard boxes, crates, planks, ladders, large pieces of fabric, netting, tarps, carpet squares, cardboard tubes, piping, guttering, gorilla tape, baskets, flower pots, bug nets, scarves, sunglasses, tires, inner tubes, clear containers, beautiful stuff, old hoola hoops, keyboards, old chairs, rubber mats…

Natural materials: tree slices, pinecones, rocks, tree needles, shells, etc.

Bring inside material outside: magnifying glasses, art supplies, writing centers, blocks, fabric, binoculars. Store blocks in wagons for easy transport.

Make a bus/car/train from cardboard.

Fasten pots and pans to the fence and bang on them for musical fun.

Create an outdoor kitchen with real pots and pans, wooden spoons, pinecones for food, etc.

Make memory boxes filled with natural resources. Listen to why the child chose the items and why they are important. Add to the box and extend it beyond the setting; e.g. ‘a stone can become…’ Decorate the box and add special wishes.

Just go outdoors, investigate, record what you see and hear the children doing. Come back to the classroom to revisit and reflect on your observations. Plan to follow up with these interests of the students.

Get down on the ground to see what you can hear.

Let outside play reflect the indoor classroom with sensory experiences: herbs, music, tactile experiences. Let students lead and then provide appropriate resources and provocations.

Use weather as a stimulus: raining? Make up puddle poetry or words, create footprints, listen for and imitate rainy day sounds. Snowing? Create art by mixing color, constructing snow castles, freezing colored water, spraying colored water on the snow to make shapes. Windy? Blow bubbles, fly with scarves, create fairy stories.

Make wind chimes by hanging old CD’s on branches.

Make wind chimes by hanging metal spoons on branches.

Make wishes for the world. On brown Kraft paper flags, draw or print something to make our world better and hang them from the trees for the wind to deliver the message to the world.

Put a hoola hoop down on the ground, and see which bugs live inside its perimeter.

Read the story Roxaboxen.

Watch the Youtube videos “Scrapstore Playpods in Action” and “Scrapstore Playpods Early Years”.