Outdoor learning is here to stay in Scotland. This means that schools are having to adapt what they are doing to ensure children and young people have frequent, regular and progressive opportunities to learn outdoors all year round.
One helpful resource is comfy seating outside. There are lots of types available on the market. I’m a fan of seats that are portable and can be easily carried by each child during off-site trips. These are usually cheap to make or buy compared to bigger, bulkier chairs and seats. It means that they can be dried and stored more easily too.
Over the years, I’ve tried and tested quite a few versions and blogged about my thoughts. My favourite portable seats are homemade felt ones. The downside is that they make great insulation but water will seep through so better used as a second layer if children aren’t wearing waterproof over trousers.
Some portable seats have a habit of blowing away if you don’t sit on them or weight them down. So if your school or centre is in a windy place, then look for robust versions.
Some foam seats silently tell children to pick them apart. It’s a fun thing for fidgety fingers.
The heavier, more robust versions do cost more but will last for many years and stay put a little longer. Try approaching local shops and ask for a discount for bulk purchases.
I mostly have these “space mats”. They are lightweight and because I am constantly visiting and working in so many places, I have a habit of losing seats. So I need a cheap option.
A lot of people reckon carpet tiles make great outdoor seats. I’m not a big fan of them as they are too heavy to be portable and take a long time to dry out. In a wet climate like Scotland this does not bode well. But do persuade me otherwise…