Reading Outside with Fred the Ted

3 March 2012 · 4 comments

in Literacy Outdoors

Thursday 1st March was World Book Day. It is always a great opportunity to celebrate the joys of reading and what better way than to take reading outdoors.

We began by browsing a few books inside and listening to a story. Then Fred the Ted told the class that he wanted to read some books outside but wasn’t sure about good places to go.

The children are extremely kind and considerate of Fred the Ted’s requests. We gathered a special selection of small books that are easy to carry about. The first child took Fred to sit under a tree to read a book. As it was a wet day, he had a portable seat to sit on!

And then Fred got rather excited. He decided to read a book up a tree!

He was very proud of himself for having got up there with no adults to help him.

After that he had to try a different tree. This one was lower down.

But the next was really high up! Fred didn’t seem too scared about reading so high up! In fact I’m not so sure how he actually climbed up there.

Then he thought reading beside the water might be fun, even if a little wet.

The book was All Join In by Quentin Blake which was rather apt as all the children had to join in the fun of fishing in the pond.

After that Fred dried off on a bench surrounded by the children. Everyone chose a book to read before going back inside.

At each stopping point we sang a song relating to Fred the Ted or the activity or the book. All-in-all it was a pleasant way to enjoy books outside, with the children having more autonomy and choice about where we went, the books we looked at and the places Fred the Ted chose to read.

This post is part of an outdoor link up over at Learning for Life.

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Kierna C March 3, 2012 at 11:17

Love this post – great to see books outside with older children, I know my class love the reading corner I created under the slide with tarps & milk crates. Would you consider adding this post ot the outdoor play link up at my blog this week Juliet? Kierna


Juliet Robertson March 4, 2012 at 15:54

Sure Kierna – I’ll do my best.

I think books work well outside with all ages – when you think about it, quite often adults enjoy reading on a beach, in a park and more or less most places except a table! Hmm…


Rebekah March 16, 2012 at 01:13

What a great idea to encourage reading and the love of the outdoors! The images of the bear reading all over the playground put a smile on my face. Thank you for linking up at The Outdoor Play Party, and I hope to see more of your lovely ideas at tomorrow’s party.


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