10 Outdoor Ideas Series

Need a few ideas to get going with learning and playing outside? Then this section is for you. It’s a load of themes and suggestions to whet your appetite and help you remember the joy of being outside as a child. Whilst many of the posts may feel play-based and aimed at younger children, with a little tweaking you can provide a challenging investigation for an older class. Time to take a deep breath of fresh air… and teach outdoors!

15+ Christmas Outdoor Activities for Early Years and Primary

1 November 2017
Star Stick

How to enjoy an outdoor festive time

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Back to School? 10 Reasons to Get Outside the First Week Back

8 August 2017
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Simple ideas, minimal planning

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10 Ideas for Exploring Clouds

7 August 2016
Cloud Making

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion. This is the place to go now.”

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10 Outdoor Tips for Starting Teaching

1 August 2016
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What you need when starting out-side

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Shells – 10 ideas

4 June 2016
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To find a seashell is to discover a world of imagination

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10 Maths Challenges that use Cones

12 May 2016
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What would you do with a cone?

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Dandelion Play – 10 Ideas

8 May 2016
Dandelions

Recipes, games, challenges galore!

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15 Minibeast Outdoor Maths Challenges

5 May 2016
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Lots of beastly ideas for different ages

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8 Easy Minibeast Habitats Young Children Can Make

28 April 2016
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Giving little creatures a home!

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The Bird Blog Collection

16 January 2016
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Useful for any bird project.

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Halloween – 10 Fearsomely Good Outdoor Ideas

28 October 2015
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Are you too scared to read this ?

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Feathers – 10 Ideas

16 September 2015
Feathers

Coloured feathers, wild bird feathers, tickly feathers galore!

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10+ Ideas for Using Story Stones

12 September 2015
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A creative outdoor resource

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Let’s Get Writing Outside

12 August 2015
Writing Outside

Writing outside is becoming increasingly popular in many primary and secondary schools.

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10 Ideas for Exploring Big Boulders

7 July 2015
The star

A much-loved feature by children of all ages

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Design Ideas for Bike, Trike & Scooter Play

2 March 2015
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One of the key zones at the Lake Macquarie Variety Playground is the Circuit Zone where children can bring their small bikes, scooters and other wheeled toys. Children are free to ride around the whole playground yet this zone has sufficient appeal that there were lots of children playing here continuously. Most early years educators know the […]

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Using Puppets Outdoors 10 Tips and More

22 January 2015
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A few weeks ago, I received an email from the Handmade Theatre Company telling me about their puppet show, Flying the Nest. I popped onto their website and discovered a video trailer for the production which left me inspired. Aside from the humour and costumes, have a look at the range of puppets, props and ideas […]

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10+ Ideas for Windy Days

29 November 2014
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Wind is any horizontal movement of air. It’s the result of differences in air pressure. Air likes to move from areas of high pressure to low pressure. This can be demonstrated with a balloon. Inside a blown-up balloon are lots of molecules – many more than outside the balloon so it is an area of […]

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10 Outdoor Ways to Celebrate Books

25 October 2014
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Books are brilliant. They create worlds within our heads – places of power and possibilities. They feed our imagination and allow us to think “What if…?” As my friend, Dominic the Storyteller once told me, “Pictures tell a 1000 words, but stories create a 1000 pictures.” Book Week Scotland is 24-30 November and to give […]

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50 Things to do at Coombe Mill Farm Before You are 4 and 3/4

19 October 2014
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When working in Cornwall, I decided to use Coombe Mill Farm as my base. Many of you will already be familiar with the award-winning blog which Fiona writes detailing the activities of her family and what happens on the farm throughout the year.  I really enjoyed my visit and wished my own son was a toddler as […]

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National Poetry Day – 10 Ideas for Creating Poems Outside

27 September 2014
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National Poetry Day is celebrated on the first Thursday in October. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the power and pleasure of words. It is also an ideal introduction to writing outdoors. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

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Bamboo Guttering – 8 Reasons Why I Like This Resource

2 March 2014
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A year ago I bought a set of bamboo guttering comprising of 6 short and 6 long lengths. I’ve used it so many times, with so many classes and groups and in so many ways. Here’s some of reasons why it is such a useful resource…

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Celebrating 100 Days at School

4 February 2014
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How many days has it been since your class returned to school last August or September? You may need to do some counting on a calendar. For schools in Aberdeen City this is Friday 7th February.   Naturally this is a lovely opportunity to celebrate all things 100 and of course going outside as part […]

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10+ Outdoor Ideas for Rainy Days

1 February 2014
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It’s been a very wet winter this year. Rather than stay inside and suffer cabin fever, there is lots of fun to be had, donning the boots, waterproof clothes and heading out into the rain.  Below is a collection of the blog posts and other ideas for rainy day activities.

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10 Ways to Listen, Tune In and Simply Be

14 January 2014
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Relax, look, feel and listen. Really, really listen.

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Snow Fun: 15+ Ideas

5 January 2014
Snow Angel

Wrap up warm and enjoy learning outdoors in the white stuff!

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5 Ways to Re-use your Xmas Tree

26 December 2013
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Would love to know your ideas too…

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10 Tips for Visiting School Grounds and Outdoor Spaces

9 November 2013
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Things to think about when visiting other schools

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Play in the Dark – 10 Ideas

3 November 2013
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Dark is exciting

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5 Games and Top Tips About Conkers

1 October 2013
Conker

Top tips

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Leaf Play – 10 Ideas

28 September 2013
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Enjoy Autumn

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Using Leaves for Learning – 10 Ideas

20 September 2013
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A collection worth looking at

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10 Ideas for Playing in Long Grass

27 August 2013
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Long grass – a “must have” play resource

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Back to School – 10 Things You Need to Find Out

9 August 2013
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An outdoor activity designed to help a class settle in after the holidays

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Beach Play – 10 Ideas

5 July 2013
Beach Play

With the summer holidays either approaching or begun, then there is nothing better than a visit to the seaside.

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10 Ideas for Mud Play

4 June 2013
International Mud Day

29th June is International Mud Day…enjoy the mudfest with these ideas to celebrate mud!

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